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Watching a 74 year old Movie

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The year was 1946. The movie “Till the cloud rolls by” was the story of one of the best known American song writer of the first half of the 20th century, Jerome Kerns. I was 12 year old living in Shanghai but already a super Hollywood movie fan. Of course I know nothing about Kerns and his famous songs. But the movie featured all the great movie stars of the Forties and early Fifties - Frank Sinatra, Kathleen Grayson, Dinah Shore, Judy Garland, Van Johnson, et al already well known to post WWII movie fans of China. I of course went to see the movie. I remember nothing about the story or the songs and musical numbers (it was the heyday of big Hollywood musicals) except the title and that it was a movie featured all the stars. 74 years later, having essentially grew up in the US and absorbed 70+ years of American culture, Arts and Literature, and history, I had a chance to watch this movie bio/musical once more on wide screen TV. This time with the full appreciation of the story and brought back all kinds of nostalgia which unfortunately are difficult to share. But such is life and I enjoyed every moment of it. 




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