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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

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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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Release Date:

22 September 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rapsódia Azul  »

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| (with overture)

Sound Mix:

(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

When Gershwin and Professor Franck are discussing whether George should go to Europe to study, Franck makes fun of George's necktie and pulls it out of George's jacket. However, when they turn to look at the busts of classical composers, the tie is neatly tucked back inside the jacket. See more »

Quotes

Oscar Levant: I've got a date with my insomnia.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Wonderland (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Somebody Loves Me
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald and Buddy G. DeSylva
Performed by Tom Patricola and Joan Leslie (dubbed by Sally Sweetland)
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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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