I Dream of Jeanie (1952): Allan Dwan’s Historical Musical

Allan Dwan directed I Dream of Jeanie, an historical musical based on the songs and life of Stephen Foster who wrote the 1854 song “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” from which the title is taken.

I Dream of Jeanie

In 1849, the song “Oh, Susannah” is a nationwide hit—but bookkeeper Stephen Foster has given his work to several music houses without charge or credit. His true love Inez McDowell, a trained singer, despises popular music, especially Stephen’s songs.

Foster’s world changes when Edwin P. Christy launches his career as an author of the songs that the Christy Minstrels use in their shows.

The film, which was shot in Trucolor, was produced and distributed by Republic Pictures.

The film is also known as I Dream of Jeanie (with the Light Brown Hair).

Ray Middleton as Edwin P. Christy
Bill Shirley as Stephen Foster
Muriel Lawrence as Inez McDowell
Eileen Christy as Jeanie McDowell
Rex Allen as Mr Tambo / Rex Allen / Narrator
Lynn Bari as Mrs. McDowell
Dick Simmons as Dunning Foster
Scott Elliott as Milford Wilson
Andrew Tombes as R.E. Howard
James Dobson as Spike
Percy Helton as Mr. Horker
Glen Turnbull as Glenn Turnbull / Speciality Dancer
Louise Beavers as Mammy
James Kirkwood as Doctor
Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer as Freddie
Fred Moultrie as Chitlin


Directed by Allan Dwan
Written by Alan Le May (screenplay)
Music by Robert Armbruster
Cinematography Reggie Lanning
Edited by Fred Allen
Production and distribution company: Republic Pictures
June 15, 1952 (US)
Running time 90 minutes