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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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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

Oscar Levant had three functions in this film: he provided George Gershwin's piano playing as Robert Alda's double, he portrayed himself on screen and he was heard playing piano on the soundtrack as himself, Oscar Levant, in the commemorative performance of "Rhapsody in Blue" which ends the film. 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

Oscar Levant: Tell me, if you had it to do all over again, would you still fall in love with yourself?
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Rhapsody in Blue
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Orchestrated by Ferde Grofé Sr.
Performed by Robert Alda (dubbed by Oscar Levant) with Warner Bros. Orchestra
Conducted by Paul Whiteman
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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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