7.1/10
1,555
25 user 17 critic

A Song Is Born (1948)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 19 October 1948 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(based on the story "From A to Z" by), (based on the story "From A to Z" by)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Shy milkman Burleigh Sullivan accidentally knocks out drunken Speed McFarlane, a champion boxer who was flirting with Burleigh's sister. The newspapers get hold of the story and ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An illiterate stooge in a traveling medicine show wanders into a strange town and is picked up on a vagrancy charge. The town's corrupt officials mistake him for the inspector general whom ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates
Ball of Fire (1941)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A group of ivory-tower lexicographers realize they need to hear how real people talk, and end up helping a beautiful singer avoid police and escape from the Mob.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka
Wonder Man (1945)
Comedy | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After being murdered by gangsters, an exuberant nightclub entertainer returns as a ghost to persuade his meek twin brother to help bring his killers to justice.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Captain Henri Rochard is a French officer assigned to work with Lieut. Catherine Gates. Through a wacky series of misadventures, they fall in love and marry. When the war ends, Capt. ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall
Up in Arms (1944)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Hypochondriac Danny Weems gets drafted into the army and makes life miserable for his fellow GIs. He's also lovesick when it comes to pretty Mary Morgan, unaware that she's in love with his... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Danny Kaye, Dana Andrews, Dinah Shore
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An American entertainer impersonates a wealthy aviator and flirts with his lookalike's neglected wife.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney, Corinne Calvet
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A clumsy daydreamer gets caught up in a sinister conspiracy.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Boris Karloff
Knock on Wood (1954)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Ventriloquist Jerry Morgan has to see another love affair fail. The reason: when the relationship reaches the point when it is time to discuss marriage, his doll Clarence becomes mean and ... See full summary »

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Stars: Danny Kaye, Mai Zetterling, Torin Thatcher
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Loring "Red" Nichols is a cornet-playing country boy who goes to New York in the 1920s full of musical ambition and principles. He gets a job playing in Wil Paradise's band, but quits to ... See full summary »

Director: Melville Shavelson
Stars: Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of trench life during World War I through the lives of a French regiment. As men are killed and replaced jaunty Lt. Denet becomes more and more somber. His rival for the affection of nurse Monique is Capt. La Roche.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Fredric March, Warner Baxter, Lionel Barrymore
On the Double (1961)
Adventure | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

At the time of the Invasion of Normandy, an American soldier is asked to impersonate a British General in order to confuse the Nazi spies and assassins in London.

Director: Melville Shavelson
Stars: Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde-White
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
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)
...
Professor Twingle
...
Tony Crow
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Dr. Elfini
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Danny's latest is his greatest!

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 October 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

That's Life  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,400,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo and Steve Cochran had previously starred together in The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) 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: [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.
See more »

Connections

Remake of Ball of Fire (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Goldwyn Stomp
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Lionel Hampton
Performed by Lionel Hampton and band, with Louis Armstrong
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Swing and Sway with Danny Kaye
18 December 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – 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.


28 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Song of the scholars.... TManley-1
Is Tommy Dorsey a square? Piperson
Discuss A Song Is Born (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?