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Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Musical | 22 September 1945 (USA)
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

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Christine Gilbert
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Max Dreyfus
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Lee Gershwin
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Prof. Franck
Morris Carnovsky ...
Morris Gershwin
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Rose Gershwin
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Oscar Levant
Paul Whiteman ...
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Al Jolson
George White ...
George White
Hazel Scott ...
Hazel Scott
Anne Brown ...
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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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Also Known As:

Rapsodia en 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

A shortened version of "Rhapsody in Blue" was first recorded by Paul Whiteman for the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1924. 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

Dreyfus receptionist: You're fresh!
Oscar Levant: Unfortunately you're not.
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Connections

Referenced in Jake and the Fatman: Rhapsody in Blue (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Lady Be Good
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by a chorus during the "Lady Be Good" sequence
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Classic! Interesting homage to George Gershwin.
13 March 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This is a fabulous movie tracing the life and times, struggles and successes of composer George Gershwin. Fictional characters and events are used to move the story along; and the music is wonderful. This is a very easy to watch movie. A classic in black & white.

Beginning with childhood, this movie shows the closeness of the family and especially with brother Ira. Major compositions are featured: Swanee; The Cuban Overture; Somebody Loves Me; Fascinatin' Rhythm; An American in Paris and several versions of the title masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue. Max Steiner proves his own greatness.

Robert Alda is excellent as George Gershwin and Herbert Rudley as Ira. Also in the cast are Rosemary DeCamp, Alexis Smith and Joan Leslie. Playing themselves are Paul Whiteman, Oscar Levant and Al Jolson. Levant is refreshing, comical and talented.

The music is the main attraction; this film is well worth multiple viewings.


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