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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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Cast

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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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Dancers
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Cavanaugh Trio (as The Page Cavanaugh Trio)
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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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Release Date:

19 October 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

That's Life  »

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Box Office

Budget:

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

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Professor Hobart Frisbee: What are you gonna do?
Honey Swanson: I'm going to show you what yum-yum is. Here's yum.
[kisses him]
Honey Swanson: And here's the other yum.
[kisses him again]
Honey Swanson: And here's yum-yum.
[gives a long kiss that knocks him backwards onto a chair]
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Connections

Remake of Ball of Fire (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore
(1853) (uncredited)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Played during the long-haired music session
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Very entertaining
2 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

I have this on a vhs and watch it from time to time. Apart from the musical sequences, the story pleases me because Danny Kaye is taken for an idiot by the young lady but in the end she falls in love with him ! It is a pleasure to watch the way her attitude changes. There are not many films with this kind of story, so when I see one I like to treasure it ! In addition to this the musical sequences are memorable with well-known stars. Hopefully they will put it onto Dvd but unfortunately the DVD industry seems to have forgotten about Danny Kaye !


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