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Cathy Mallory, beautiful socialite who prefers classical music, is taken by friends to a back-alley dance club. There, she meets blind pianist Dan Evans, who plays in Chick Morgan's swing ... See full summary »

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Cathy Mallory
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Miss Willey
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Chick Morgan
Artur Rubinstein ...
Orchestra Conductor
Eugene Ormandy ...
Orchestra Conductor
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Connie
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George
Walter Reed ...
Jimmy
Jane Jones ...
Mamie
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Luis Alberni ...
Flower Vendor (scenes deleted)
George Chandler ...
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Hector Sarno ...
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Cathy Mallory, beautiful socialite who prefers classical music, is taken by friends to a back-alley dance club. There, she meets blind pianist Dan Evans, who plays in Chick Morgan's swing band but seems to be a composer of great promise. Attracted but spurned, Cathy feigns blindness herself to get past Dan's bitter facade, scheming to get him to the doctor who can restore his sight...and to Carnegie Hall. But her actions bring about several twists in their relationship... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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26 April 1948 (Sweden)  »

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Memory of Love  »

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 2, 1948 with Merle Oberon and Hoagy Carmichael reprising their film roles. See more »

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Featured in Let's Go to the Movies (1949) See more »

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PIANO CONCERTO IN C MINOR
Music by Leith Stevens
Performed by Artur Rubinstein
Phildadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy
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Implausible and contrived story of blind pianist finding love...
1 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

If there's one thing to be said for NIGHT SONG, it's that at least it does put the spotlight on some nice classical music. But you have to wonder what they were thinking when they dreamed up a story that has blind pianist DANA ANDREWS being wooed by a woman (MERLE OBERON) who, in order to get close to him, pretends that she is blind too. Then, when he gets his sight back (thanks to a successful operation the wealthy woman sponsors), he sees her for the first time but feels guilty about the "other woman" whom he met when he was without sight. Well, with a plot like that, you know there's going to be an inevitable happy ending somehow--or is there? If that sounds like a silly description of the plot, it is. But that's the story we're supposed to swallow if we want to get any enjoyment out of the whole thing.

MERLE OBERON looks lovely (but hardly changes her expression when she's supposed to be wildly in love with Andrews), and DANA ANDREWS looks a little uncomfortable feigning blindness. HOAGY CARMICHEL is a welcome presence as the owner of the joint where Oberon catches Andrews playing piano, and ETHEL BARRYMORE gives another one of her arch performances as Oberon's knowing aunt.

John Cromwell directs it in leisurely fashion but it all adds up to an improbable tale with both stars looking a bit uncomfortable in what can only be termed an "unbelievable" tale. The concert music supplied by Leith Stevens is underwhelming even given its symphonic treatment.


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