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Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

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George Gershwin is a driven composer whose need to succeed destroys his relationship with singer Julie Adams and socialite Christine Gilbert.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Alda ...
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Christine Gilbert
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Max Dreyfus
Julie Bishop ...
Lee Gershwin
Albert Bassermann ...
Prof. Franck
Morris Carnovsky ...
Morris Gershwin
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Rose Gershwin
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Oscar Levant
Paul Whiteman ...
Paul Whiteman
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Al Jolson
George White ...
George White
Hazel Scott ...
Hazel Scott
Anne Brown ...
Herbert Rudley ...
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Storyline

Composer George Gershwin is driven by his need to succeed. Unfortunately his drive destroys his romantic relationships with singer Julie Adams, who is desperately in love with him, and aloof socialite Christine Gilbert. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The jubilant story of George Gershwin.


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22 September 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rapsódia Azul  »

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| (with overture)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Oscar Levant had three functions in this film: he provided George Gershwin's piano playing as Robert Alda's double, he portrayed himself on screen and he was heard playing piano on the soundtrack as himself, Oscar Levant, in the commemorative performance of "Rhapsody in Blue" which ends the film. See more »

Goofs

The aria, "Summertime", from "Porgy and Bess", is performed first by the character Clara, and later, in a tragic scene, by Bess. But not only by Bess, as the film seems to depict. The film also gives the impression that the first verse is performed by chorus, which is not the case. The chorus only hums an accompaniment. See more »

Quotes

Oscar Levant: Tell me, if you had it to do all over again, would you still fall in love with yourself?
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Wonderland (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4
(uncredited)
aka "Brahms' Lullaby"
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played while George is being lectured by his music teacher and heard as background music when he learns about huus death.
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Less a bio-pic, more a great tribute to the great Gershwin.
31 July 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Thank God the film-makers trusted in the power of Gershwin's music to allow almost complete versions of the title composition, and "An American in Paris" to be included in the film - as well as many complete songs. All the music is superbly orchestrated and the songs sung beautifully by a wide variety of artists, many of whom were really the first artists to sing them. The film is excellently directed and photographed, with musical scenes well realised visually. The montage of Gershwin wandering about Paris as we hear "An American In Paris" is excellent - and the use of lights and shadows to film the orchestra playing "Rhapsody in Blue" is magnificent - would that contemporary films of orchestras were this imaginative.

Yes I know it is largely fiction - but so what? This is a tribute, not a documentary. And Alda is fine in the lead, backed by an excellent supporting cast. I loved this film from start to finish.


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