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Centennial Summer (1946)

Approved | | History, Music, Romance | August 1946 (USA)
In 1876 Philadelphia, two sisters vie for the affections of a Frenchman who's come to town to prepare the French pavilion for the Centennial exposition.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Michael Kanin (screenplay), Albert E. Idell (based on novel by)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Jeanne Crain ... Julia Rogers
Cornel Wilde ... Philippe Lascalles
Linda Darnell ... Edith Rogers
William Eythe ... Ben Phelps
Walter Brennan ... Jesse Rogers
Constance Bennett ... Zenia Lascalles
Dorothy Gish ... Mrs. Rogers
Barbara Whiting ... Susanna Rogers
Larry Stevens Larry Stevens ... Richard Lewis Esq
Kathleen Howard ... Deborah
Buddy Swan Buddy Swan ... Dudley Rogers
Charles Dingle ... J.P. Snodgrass
Avon Long ... Specialty
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Storyline

Philadelphia in the summer of 1876 and lots of celebration to mark America's first hundred years. The Rogers family are visited by their aunt Zenia (Constance Bennerr), who brings with her a young Frenchman, Philippe Lascalles (Cornel Wilde), who is in charge of the French pavillon. Rogers family daughters, Julia (Jeanne Crain) and Edith (Linda Darnell), fall in love with Philippe, while their father, Jesse Rogers (Walter Brennan), tries to promote his inventions and hang onto his railroad job. With Zenia's help, he does both, while Julia wins the love of Philippe and Edith finally says yes to her devoted suitor Dr. Ben Phelps (William Eythe). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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History | Music | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tia de Paris See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although big band singer Kay St-Germaine sang for Linda Darnell in both "Hangover Square" (1945) and "My Darling Clementine" (1946), she did not sing for Miss Darnell in this film as several sources wrongly assume. A classically-trained soprano sings for Miss Darnell this time. See more »

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Soundtracks

In Love in Vain
(uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Jeanne Crain (dubbed by Louanne Hogan) and William Eythe (dubbed by David Street)
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Family life in 1876 Philadelphia.
1 January 2000 | by wooferbySee all my reviews

This movie was 20th Century Fox answer to Meet Me In St. Louis. Although it isn't a great movie, it's a lot of fun. The music was by Jerome Kern and was his last score. The cast is good but Constance Bennett and Walter Brennan are outstanding. Typical1940's escapist fare.


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