Centennial Summer
Directed byOtto Preminger
Screenplay byMichael Kanin
Based onCentennial Summer
by Albert E. Idell
Produced byOtto Preminger
StarringJeanne Crain
Cornel Wilde
Linda Darnell
CinematographyErnest Palmer
Edited byHarry Reynolds
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • August 1946 (1946-08)
Running time
102 minutes
Box office$3 million (US rentals)[1][2]

Centennial Summer is a 1946 musical film directed by Otto Preminger.[3][4] The musical, that stars Jeanne Crain and Cornel Wilde, is based on a novel by Albert E. Idell.

It was produced in response to the hugely successful 1944 MGM musical film Meet Me in St. Louis.


The movie is about two sisters growing up in Philadelphia in the 1870s. They both fall for a Frenchman who has to prepare the pavilion for the Centennial Exposition.



The movie was nominated twice at the 19th Academy Awards. One of those nominations was for Best Original Song for the song All Through the Day, written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. In Kern's case, the nomination was posthumous as he had died on 11 November 1945.



  1. ^ "60 Top Grossers of 1946", Variety 8 January 1947 p8
  2. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century-Fox: A Corporate and Financial History Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 p 221
  3. ^ "Centennial Summer". FilmAffinity. filmaffinity.com. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Centennial Summer". AFI. afi.com. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  5. ^ Gilliland, John (197X). "Show 16" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.