Less well-known than contemporaries Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer was nonetheless one of the most prolific contributors to the Great American Songbook, responsible for such treasured pieces as "Come Rain or Come Shine," "That Old Black Magic," and innumerable others. Using a plethora of in-depth interviews, archival footage, and narration, this documentary follows Mercer's personal and professional life: from his upper-middle class roots in Savannah, Georgia, through his blazing success as a prolific lyricist and songwriter in the 40's and 50's, to a somewhat melancholy professional exile in later life, as rock'n'roll transformed the face of popular music in America.
Another enthralling documentary from the production arm of Turner Classic Movies, "Dream" is packed with fascinating biographical details and entertaining behind-the-scenes gossip on a prodigiously talented man whose life and legacy should never be forgotten. It merits a look for the archival musical performances alone, featuring rare performance clips of Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, and more. Connecting the significant events in Mercer's life to his impressive body of work, this revealing documentary reminds us just how many memorable, evergreen tunes were written by this humble, soft-spoken southern gentleman. This is one "Dream" you'll want to experience with both your eyes and ears open!