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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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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 ...
Herbert Rudley ...
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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 Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The jubilant story of George Gershwin.


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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

Kay Swift worked with Ira Gershwin on the musical arrangements. 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

Prof. Franck: [Indicating an autographed manuscript] Eh? You see that? It wasn't a hit at first. It was a manuscript of Johannes Brahms.
George Gershwin: You knew him?
Prof. Franck: Yes, he gave it to me in Vienna. Once I hoped to reach his greatness. But one pupil like you makes up for a lifetime of disappointments.
George Gershwin: [shaking his head] Professor Franck... you overestimate my future.
Prof. Franck: Oh, I have such hopes for you, my boy. America is a growing country. A mixture of things very old, with more that is new. Your nature has the same ...
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Delishious
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Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Joan Leslie (dubbed by Sally Sweetland)
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A Very Good Composer Bio
3 March 1999 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

The "Gershwin Years" were very exciting times, and the life and career of George --and his brother, Ira--are well captured in this memorable classic, "Rhapsody in Blue." Tackling this subject was a difficult one, and it manages to reveal the composer's exuberance for his art, his trials and his successes. Robert Alda is a perfect choice for George; others making fine contributions are Oscar Levant and Alexis Smith. A host of great artists, many playing themselves round out a star-studded cast. A wonderful selection of Gershwin's works are represented, some in near-complete versions. This is one of the most successful of classical composer bios ever brought to the screen. It is a cherished part of my video library, and I thoroughly enjoy watching and listening to this recreation of the life, times, and music of one of American's great composers.


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