That Kelly lad sure can dance. Fred Kelly. In his only credited film role, he and legendary brother Gene happily hoof an "I Love to Go Swimmin' with Wimmen" specialty romp in this colorful musical biopic about Sigmund Romberg, the ex-piano man who went on to compose some 80 productions.
AN AUTHENTIC REGION 1 DVD FROM WARNER BROTHERS. SYNOPSIS: The life and career of celebrated composer Sigmund Romberg served as the basis for Deep in My Heart, the last of MGM's all-star musical bio-pics. The irrepressible Jose Ferrer (then at the height of his success after acclaimed performances in Moulin Rouge and Cyrano de Bergerac) gives a winning performance as the legendary Romberg, supported by lovely Merle Oberon and the charming Metropolitan Opera legend Helen Traubel (making her film debut). Directed by Stanley Donen (Seven Brides For Seven Brothers), the film's real drawing card is a dazzling array of Metro musical talents performing more than 20 Romberg melodies drawn from the prolific composer's catalog of over 2000 songs. Highlights include Gene Kelly's only on-screen appearance with his younger brother Fred, who happily hoof and romp in the I Love to Go Swimmin' with Wimmen number; Jane Powell and Vic Damone's enchanting duet from Maytime; Ann Miller's jazz-age Charleston send-up of Elinor Glyn called "It"; and Ferrer's on-screen duet with his then-wife, the beguiling Rosemary Clooney, who appropriately sing "Mr. and Mrs.". However, the film's most arresting and unforgettable sequence is a breath-taking pas-de-deux called One Alone, which features a dance sequence between Cyd Charisse and James Mitchell that somehow flew over the heads of the screen censors of the era. The dance between these two masterful artists brims with a subtle-but-unmistakable eroticism (all through implication) that continues to surprise audiences, even by today's standards. This DVD release marks the first home-video presentation of Deep In My Heart in its original widescreen aspect ratio.
* Musical short The Strauss Fantasy * Classic cartoon Farm of Tomorrow * Outtake musical numbers: o Dance, My Darlings o Girlies of the Cabaret * Audio Only Bonus: One Kiss/Lover Come Back to Me Outtake * Theatrical trailer
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