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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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Trivia

Filmed between July 19 and October 12 of 1943, the movie's release was delayed by Warner Brothers in favor of the many morale-boosting wartime films on the market at the time. The film eventually had its premiere at the Hollywood Theater in Manhattan on June 27, 1945. Nearly three months later, after World War II had ended, the picture opened nationally on September 22, 1945. See more »

Goofs

In Max Dreyfus' office, Oscar Levant while looking at Georges' score of "Swanee" hums a perfect forth (D down to A) and says, "A diminished 9th." In the next scene Max Dreyfus also refers to the uniqueness of a diminished 9th. In Swanee there is no diminished 9th. There are enharmonic equivalents ie. a C# melody against a Db bass which sounds like a diminished 9th. It is acually a sharped major 7th. The interval of a diminished 9th ie. (C up to Dbb or C# up to Db)does not happen in Swanee. Both a diminished 9th and an enharmonic equivalent will sound like a perfect octave when played eight notes apart. See more »

Quotes

George Gershwin: It's only with my music that I can prove my right to live. I must write!
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Connections

Referenced in Jake and the Fatman: Rhapsody in Blue (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Summertime
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by DuBose Heyward
Sung by Anne Brown and Chorus
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Worth watching.
28 October 2003 | by jamigo4See all my reviews

The music was wonderful, I enjoyed watching the father of Alan Alda in the title role & I got one "mini surprise"! That was the solo song of a very young, enchanting Hazel Scott, accompanying herself on the piano. She was a musical prodigy on the piano from the age of 4 and the youngist student admitted to the Julliard School of Music at age 16. This was the last of her early film appearances, as she focused more on musical recordings and a TV series, until the late 50s. She also married Adam Clayton Powell Jr., noted congressman from Harlem & civil rights activist. Her 1955 album, "Relaxed Piano Moods," recorded with Charles Mingus and Max Roach was recently reissued on CD & named Album of the Month by National Public Radio.


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