I'll See You in My Dreams

Synopsis: The success and decline of songwriter Gus Kahn is portrayed, with his wife, Grace Kahn, sticking by him the whole time.
Director(s): Michael Curtiz
Production: Bleecker Street
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Have a nice lunch.

Excuse me.

Just a moment, please.

Rossiter Music Company.

- Ms. LeBoy, it's for you.

- Thank you.

- Excuse me, miss. I brought a...

- Hello. Ye...

Yes. Yes, I heard your song

and I like it very much.

Could you come in, say, around 4:00?

Fine. You're welcome.

- Look, excuse me...

- Just a moment, please.

I asked... I'm sorry about that.

- Sorry.

- That's quite all right.

I have a song

that is just wonderful for you.

I told Mr. Rossiter yours is the voice

that can do it justice.

I'll bet you tell that to all the customers.

Of course I do,

but in your case, it's true.

All right, then.

Shine on

Shine on

Harvest moon up in the sky

I ain't had no lovin'

Since January, February, June or July

Snow time ain't no time to stay

Outdoors and spoon

So shine on, shine on

Harvest moon

For me and my gal

That's lunch.

Let's eat someplace

where they don't have any music.

You may as well stand still.

I can beat you to that door too.

- Who are you?

- Look, all I want is five minutes.

- Read them.

- What are these?

Song lyrics and poems and an operetta,

and underneath that, two musical comedies.

I want an opinion.

- You want an opinion.

- That's all.

Well, I am going to give you one.

You are, without a doubt, the most

persistent young man that I've ever met.

Now, get yourself a haircut,

make an appointment, and come back.

And for heaven's sake, wear a tie.

Are you gonna publish my songs

or my tie?

Now, wait a minute.

Do you know what this is?

Four years of working nights after

wrestling with crockery all day long...

...and nobody to tell me if they're good.

Today, I made up my mind to find out.


But I just work here.

Why don't you take these

to Mr. Rossiter?

I'm having a tough enough time.

How could I see your boss?

I'm very sorry,

but this is my lunch hour and...

Well, be my guest.

Salami on pumpernickel,

homemade pumpernickel.

You couldn't do better at the Palmer House.

Believe me, you'll enjoy them.

I'll get you a drink. There.

Are they all about William Howard Taft

and the Statue of Liberty?

Anything wrong?

Don't you ever write about

simple things?

Things that you know and you feel?

- You don't like them, huh?

- I didn't say that.

But I wouldn't wanna sit

on a boy's lap...

...and have him sing

about Washington crossing the Delaware.

What's that got to do with it?

Do you know why

you write a popular song?

Let me explain.

Because most boys and girls don't

know how to say "I love you."

So you've got to say it for them,

in 32 bars of music, no more, no less.

Just like that.

Who are you to make new rules? If a song

is good, people will sing it, no matter what.

- You asked for my opinion.

- All right, so I made a mistake.

You'd probably turn down

"The Star-Spangled Banner"...

...if it didn't say

"I love you by the dawn's early light."

Two salami sandwiches

down the drain.

At least you've had your lunch.

Thirty-two bars of music to say

"I love you."

What if I said, "I hate you"?

They could shoot me?

What am I talking to you for?

You don't understand.

Nobody understands.

I hope I haven't discouraged you.

What's four years' work?

For that which we are about

to receive...

...we thank the William Rossiter

Music Company.

- Oh, now, Father.

- Well, it's true.

My daughter earns as much at that great

citadel of culture as I do teaching school.

If it bothers you, Father,

I'll have them cut my salary.

That isn't what bothers me.

It's the type of person

you have to associate with.

And the grossness of their nature

will have weight to drag thee down.

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Melville Shavelson

Melville Shavelson (April 1, 1917 – August 8, 2007) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and author. He was President of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAw) from 1969 to 1971, 1979 to 1981, and 1985 to 1987. more…

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