You Will Remember (1941)

Genres - Drama, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature]  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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You Will Remember is based on the life of popular English composer Leslie Stuart (born Thomas Barrett in 1864), here played by Robert Morley. The film traces Stuart's rise to fame after the publication of his first song, follows him through his glory days in the early 1900s, then recounts his fall from grace and his comeback in the British music halls of the 1920s, shortly before his death. In true Hollywood "inventory" fashion, Stuart's hit tunes are duly cataloged and performed, including "Tell Me Pretty Maiden", "Floradora", "Sue", "Lily of Laguna" and "Dolly Daydream". Emlyn Williams fills the standard "best friend-severest critic" slot as Stuart's longtime associate Bob Slater, while Tom Finglass portrays tenor Eugene Stratton, who rose to popularity through his heartfelt performances of Stuart's melodies. Jack Raymond's perfunctory direction does not alway do full justice to his subject.

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debt, prison, songwriter