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Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Musical | 22 September 1945 (USA)
George Gershwin is a driven composer whose need to succeed destroys his relationship with singer Julie Adams and socialite Christine Gilbert.

Director:

Irving Rapper

Writers:

Sonya Levien (original story), Howard Koch (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Alda ... George Gershwin
Joan Leslie ... Julie Adams
Alexis Smith ... Christine Gilbert
Charles Coburn ... Max Dreyfus
Julie Bishop ... Lee Gershwin
Albert Bassermann ... Prof. Franck
Morris Carnovsky ... Morris Gershwin
Rosemary DeCamp ... Rose Gershwin
Oscar Levant ... Oscar Levant
Paul Whiteman ... Paul Whiteman
Al Jolson ... Al Jolson
George White ... George White
Hazel Scott Hazel Scott ... Hazel Scott
Anne Brown Anne Brown ... Bess
Herbert Rudley ... Ira Gershwin
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Storyline

Composer George Gershwin is driven by his need to succeed. Unfortunately his drive destroys his romantic relationships with singer Julie Adams, who is desperately in love with him, and aloof socialite Christine Gilbert. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rapsodia en azul See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (with overture)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Robert Alda. See more »

Goofs

When Gershwin and Professor Franck are discussing whether George should go to Europe to study, Franck makes fun of George's necktie and pulls it out of George's jacket. However, when they turn to look at the busts of classical composers, the tie is neatly tucked back inside the jacket. See more »

Quotes

Christine Gilbert: George, you're the perfect bachelor.
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Connections

Edited into The Story of Will Rogers (1952) See more »

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Cleopatra
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Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Al Bryan
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Fun and exactly what I wanted from it
30 December 2005 | by rburtnickSee all my reviews

I am always moved by Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. I listen to it often. I wake to it most mornings. I just happened upon This film on TCM today and it hit the spot. Oscar Levant was, well, Oscar Levant. I am sure I picked up my love of Rhapsody and my enjoyment of Levant from my dad. I have often wondered why the music affects me emotionally so strongly. I have not really followed up on my interests significantly.

The treatment in this movie got me started. I have been bouncing from site to site to read up on this movie and the artists and the music. I hadn't realized the close relationship between Levant and Gershwin. I listen to a Leonard Bernstein version. Now I am considering obtaining a few of the Gershwin performances. And Levant's. I noticed that the movie's version of Rhapsody was a bit quicker than the Bernstein. Not that I am a great student of this. I just love it. Levant keyed the title tune at the end. I will have to read further to determine who did the keyboard when Robert Alda was playing.

One interesting exchange for me was when Gershwin and Levant meet in the movie. The exchange suggests that George Gershwin is the real name. One of the sites I just visited indicate that his name was Jacob Gershvitz. Not earth shattering. Just an interesting (to me) tongue in cheek exchange. (If I understood it correctly.) Typical for Levant.

If you love Gershwin like I do you will probably tear up more than once as I did. It is almost as if I was finally given a logical story-reason for my emotional reaction.


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