JEROME KERN: CENTENNIAL SUMMER DVD JEANNE CRAIN 1946 CORNEL WILDE
In 1876, Philadelphia is celebrating the birth of the United States with the opening of the Centennial Exposition. Jesse Rogers, his wife Harriet and four children, older daughters, Julia and Edith, and two younger children, Susanna and Dudley, hope to attend several of the events, but their plans are threatened when Jesse spends the family savings on an invention. Jesse, who works for a railroad company, is designing a collection of clocks which indicate all the different time zones and intends to present his invention to the railroad's president, Mr. Trowbridge, as an aid to running the company more efficiently. The family receives an urgent carrier letter from Aunt Zenia, Harriet's sister, announcing that she is coming from France to visit. Zenia, whom Jesse meets for the first time at the railroad station, is accompanied by her nephew Philippe, who is in charge of the French government's pavilion at the Exposition. While waiting for her father outside railroad superintendent Snodgrass' office, Julia overhears Snodgrass criticizing Jesse for bypassing him and trying to ship his clock invention directly to Trowbridge. Snodgrass then demotes Jesse to the night shift. Later, Jesse tells Harriet that he has deliberately changed his work schedule in order to accompany the family and guests to the Exposition. While there, they all visit the French pavilion, which is in great disarray and not yet open. As Philippe is distraught, Julia, who like Edith is attracted to him, speaks French and offers to work for him. 1946
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