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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
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Rose Gershwin
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Oscar Levant
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Al Jolson
George White ...
George White
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Hazel Scott
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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:

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

The characters played respectively by Alexis Smith, Joan Leslie, and Albert Bassermann are fictional. There was no love triangle between Gershwin and the two women, and Gershwin's music teacher did not die the night that "Rhapsody in Blue" premiered. The scene in which Gershwin is fired by the music publisher for playing his own music is also fictional. However, most of the other characters in the film did exist, including Max Dreyfus, and Anne Brown, who played Bess in the original "Porgy and Bess" is still alive ca. early 2009. See more »

Goofs

After Christine brings the terrier Tinker for George, when the camera angle is on George, Tinker's head is pointing up and his mouth is open. When the camera angle is on Christine, Tinker's head is level and his mouth is closed. See more »

Quotes

George Gershwin: I don't want to be just a concert pianist. I want to use the piano as a stepping stone!
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Connections

Featured in Broadway: The American Musical (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

(I'll Build a) Stairway to Paradise
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Ira Gershwin (as Arthur Francis)
Sung by a chorus during the "George White's Scandals of 1923" sequence
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Great Music
31 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film presents many Gershwin tunes in great fashion with several great settings and great production numbers. Yes, it's unfortunate that the story line is so heavily fictionalized and even misleading. But, the sets are honest to the periods covered, several sequences are very tastefully done and fun, the show excerpts are good, and did I mention the music? As several other commentators have indicated, the music is faithfully recreated in long segments that bring you much or all of the tune.

If you come to this film to hear some wonderful Gershwin performed by some great artists staged with a lot of character and splash (my favorite set is Hazel Scott's Paris show), you won't be disappointed. The story line is simply a convenient string to tie together the thread of music.


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