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Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, Musical  |  22 September 1945 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
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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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22 September 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rapsodia en azul  »

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| (with overture)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gershwin received a posthumous Oscar nomination for his 1936 song, "They Can't take That Away from Me" written for the RKO film "Shall We Dance" with Fred Astaire in collaboration with brother Ira. 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

George Gershwin: It's only with my music that I can prove my right to live. I must write!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Performed by Robert Alda (dubbed by Oscar Levant), and by Levant onscreen in final scene
With Hugo Kirchhoffer conducting Warner Bros. Orchestra
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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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