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


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 <>

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The jubilant story of George Gershwin.


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Release Date:

22 September 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rhapsody in Blue  »

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| (with overture)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Garfield expressed interest in playing George Gershwin. See more »


The opening credits say "Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin", when in fact George wrote the music and Ira wrote the lyrics. DuBose Heyward, who wrote the lyrics to "Summertime", is not credited. See more »


George Gershwin: It's only with my music that I can prove my right to live. I must write!
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Referenced in Hollywood Wonderland (1947) See more »


An American in Paris
Music by George Gershwin
Played by the Warner Brothers Orchestra conducted by Leo F. Forbstein
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A Very Good Composer Bio
3 March 1999 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

The "Gershwin Years" were very exciting times, and the life and career of George --and his brother, Ira--are well captured in this memorable classic, "Rhapsody in Blue." Tackling this subject was a difficult one, and it manages to reveal the composer's exuberance for his art, his trials and his successes. Robert Alda is a perfect choice for George; others making fine contributions are Oscar Levant and Alexis Smith. A host of great artists, many playing themselves round out a star-studded cast. A wonderful selection of Gershwin's works are represented, some in near-complete versions. This is one of the most successful of classical composer bios ever brought to the screen. It is a cherished part of my video library, and I thoroughly enjoy watching and listening to this recreation of the life, times, and music of one of American's great composers.

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