This colorful, tuneful screen biography of Jerome Kern (nicely portrayed by Robert Walker) commences on the opening night of "Showboat" and flashes back to the brilliant composer's beginnings as a struggling songwriter. After depicting Kern's early collaboration and friendship with
arranger James I. Hessler (Van Heflin), the film follows Kern as he journeys to England, where, he's been told, the best songwriters are, and where he finds both his first success and his future wife (Dorothy Patrick). Following his return to the US to write a new show, Kern and his beloved are
married, and smooth sailing follows until Hessler takes ill. Hessler's daughter, Sally (Lucill...