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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
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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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