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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 »

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Lionel Hampton ...
Lionel Hampton
Charlie Barnet ...
Charlie Barnet
Mel Powell ...
Mel Powell
Buck and Bubbles ...
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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
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Tony Crow
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Dr. Elfini
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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>

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Danny's latest is his greatest!

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Comedy | Musical

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 October 1948 (USA)  »

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That's Life  »

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Budget:

$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

Joseph Crehan (District Attorney), Robert Dudley (Justice of the Peace) and Jack Gargan (Stemnotypist) are listed in the AFI Catalog as cast members for this film, but were not seen and have been omitted from the cast list. 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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Connections

Remake of Ball of Fire (1941) 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 movie is entertaining, but the music is incredible ...
6 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Where else can you see a jam session with Louie Armstrong on trumpet, Charlie Barnet on saxophone, Benny Goodman on clarinet, and Tommy Dorsey on trombone? Four major swing band leaders jamming out, and they do it more than once on this film. The movie is sufficiently entertaining to watch, but the real treat is the music jam sessions. Some of you may not know Charlie Barnet. Barnet was from a wealthy family, and his bands were more freewheeling than most traditional swing bands. He was the first white band leader to integrate his bands, and he gave Lena Horne her first gig with a major orchestra.

The true big band aficionado will recognize some of the other musicians, but I will not list them here as I might spoil someone's fun.


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