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A Song Is Born (1948)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical  -  19 October 1948 (USA)
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Gangster's moll Honey Swanson goes into hiding when her boyfriend is under investigation by the police. Where better to hide than a musical research institute staffed entirely by lonely ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Professor Hobart Frisbee
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Honey Swanson
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Professor Magenbruch
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Tommy Dorsey
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Lionel Hampton ...
Lionel Hampton
Charlie Barnet ...
Charlie Barnet
Mel Powell ...
Mel Powell
Buck and Bubbles ...
Dancers
Page Cavanaugh Trio ...
Cavanaugh Trio (as The Page Cavanaugh Trio)
The Golden Gate Quartette ...
Golden Gate Quartette (as The Golden Gate Quartet)
Samba Kings ...
The Samba Kings (as Russo and the Samba Kings)
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Professor Twingle
Steve Cochran ...
Tony Crow
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Dr. Elfini
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Gangster's moll Honey Swanson goes into hiding when her boyfriend is under investigation by the police. Where better to hide than a musical research institute staffed entirely by lonely bachelors? She gets more than she bargained for when the head of the institute Professor Hobart Frisbee starts to fall for her. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Comedy | Musical

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19 October 1948 (USA)  »

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That's Life  »

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$2,400,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

(Inside joke) When asked to play without music, Prof. Magenbruch (Benny Goodman) says, "You can't play without music." The others answer, "Well, Benny Goodman used to." Magenbruch then says he's never heard of Benny Goodman. See more »

Goofs

After slipping her engagement ring on, it disappears only to reappear at the beginning of Miss Honey's long-hair jam session recording. See more »

Quotes

Honey Swanson: Oh, you're cute. Just a little sunlight in my hair and you had to water your neck.
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Referenced in Superman II: Restoring the Vision (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Trio in B flat major, Op. 97
(1811) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played by some of the professors
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The music is incredible in this movie!
24 January 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This movie (a remake of 1941's "Ball of Fire") is an entertaining movie. But if you like swing or JAZZ, you have got to see this! Most Danny Kaye movies have good musical scores, but this one has Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and a number of other greats performing. Not as good a movie as "The Five Pennies", but well worth seeing for the music and for Danny Kaye. Recommended to anyone who likes Jazz and/or Swing.


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