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A Song Is Born (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Musical | 19 October 1948 (USA)
With her gangster boyfriend under investigation by the police, a nightclub singer hides out in a musical research institution staffed by bachelor professors - one of whom begins to fall for her.

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Professor Magenbruch
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Tommy Dorsey
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Louis Armstrong
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Lionel Hampton
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Charlie Barnet
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Mel Powell
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Cavanaugh Trio (as The Page Cavanaugh Trio)
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Golden Gate Quartette (as The Golden Gate Quartet)
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The Samba Kings (as Russo and The Samba Kings)
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Professor Twingle
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Tony Crow
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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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$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

Differences between Ball of Fire (1941) and this remake:
  • In 'Ball of Fire', the professors were writing an encyclopedia; in this movie, they are cataloging music.
  • Most of the characters' names have been changed, with the exceptions of Miss Bragg, Professor Oddly, and Miss Totten.
  • 'Ball of Fire' was not a musical.
  • 'Ball of Fire' was filmed in black and white; 'A Song Is Born' was filmed in Technicolor.
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Goofs

Whilst at the resort, with everyone sitting around the table, the candles are different lengths depending on the angle of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Honey Swanson: [about Frisbee] Yes, I love him. I love those hick shirts he wears with the boiled collars and the way he always has his coat buttoned wrong. It looks like a giraffe, and I love him. I love him because he's the sort of a guy that gets drunk on a glass of buttermilk. And I love the way he blushes right up over his ears. I love him because he... he doesn't know how to kiss, the jerk.
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Soundtracks

Redskin Rhumba
(1945) (uncredited)
Written and Performed by Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra
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Swing and Sway with Danny Kaye
18 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'm truly dating myself but back in the swing days there was a bandleader named Sammy Kaye who used that as his band's slogan. Otherwise my title would have been the tag line for this film.

It was only seven years earlier that the original film, Ball of Fire also came from the Sam Goldwyn Studio. In that one Gary Cooper was one of several professors who were putting together an encyclopedia. His specialty was linguistics and he selected Barbara Stanwyck to help in learn new slang terms.

Here it's a musical encyclopedia and Virginia Mayo stumbles into the lives of the sheltered professors putting this history together. They've led such a cloistered existence that the whole jazz era has passed them by. So Kaye in the Cooper role and another professor played by Benny Goodman with Mayo get some of the best to help them along.

A Song is Born is a pleasant although a previous reviewer is correct in saying that Danny Kaye is far more subdued than usual in this film. But anytime you can get Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Barnet, and Mel Powell together for a jam session, the film automatically becomes worthwhile.

This is for every fan of jazz in the world.


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