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Night Song (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Music | 1948 (UK)
When a beautiful socialite falls in love with an embittered composer who is blind, she feigns blindness herself in order to get closer to him.

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

Frank Fenton (screen play), Dick Irving Hyland (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Dan
Merle Oberon ... Cathy
Ethel Barrymore ... Miss Willey
Hoagy Carmichael ... Chick
Artur Rubinstein ... Artur Rubinstein
Eugene Ormandy Eugene Ormandy ... Eugene Ormandy
Jacqueline White ... Connie
Donald Curtis ... George
Walter Reed ... Jimmy
Jane Jones Jane Jones ... Mamie
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Cathy Mallory, beautiful socialite who prefers classical music, is taken by friends to a back-alley dance club. There, she meets blind pianist Dan Evans, who plays in Chick Morgan's swing band but seems to be a composer of great promise. Attracted but spurned, Cathy feigns blindness herself to get past Dan's bitter facade, scheming to get him to the doctor who can restore his sight...and to Carnegie Hall. But her actions bring about several twists in their relationship... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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His Music Told of Love He Dared Not Whisper!

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Drama | Romance | Music

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 2, 1948 with Merle Oberon and Hoagy Carmichael reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

When Cathy asks Miss Willey if she heard anything from Chick or anybody; Cathy is holding her gloves with both her hands. But on the next cut when she goes toward the piano to get a telegram; she is now holding the gloves with just her right hand. See more »

Connections

Remade as Lux Video Theatre: Night Song (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto
by Leith Stevens
Performed by Artur Rubinstein and New York Philharmonic (as The New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra)
Conducted by Eugene Ormandy
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Formula Romance that Triumphantly Transcends its Material
9 September 2016 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

NIGHT SONG might only appear to be a routine example of the kind of postwar romance that most of the major studios produced. A blind bar pianist (Dana Andrews) is taken up by a wealthy socialite (Merle Oberon), who pretends to be blind herself in order to secure his confidence. After a courtship in San Francisco, the pianist is given sufficient financial backing to have an operation to restore his sight, and receive a concert premiere of his new concerto at Carnegie Hall, New York. He returns to San Francisco, where he meets his beloved, and the two them vow eternal love.

Frank Renton and Dick Irving Hyland's screenplay contains its fair share of intertexts. The idea of a concert performance dates back to Brian Desmond Hurst's huge British wartime hit DANGEROUS MOONLIGHT (1941), that contained the premiere of Addinsell's "Warsaw Concerto," while Andrews's predicament as a war-scarred survivor cross- references Goldwyn's THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946), in which the actor had given an equally memorable characterization in a similar role.

Yet nonetheless NIGHT SONG possesses a certain integrity. Director John Cromwell establishes a close bond between Andrews and his boon companion Chick (Hoagy Carmichael, who even gets a solo number), and by doing so suggests the importance of male bonding in an often uncertain world. No one, it seems, knows really what to do with the peace, after having won the war; the only outlet both men can find is playing bands in some cheap SF dive bars.

This relationship is contrasted with the more spiky friendship between Oberon and her boon companion Miss Willey (Ethel Barrymore). The grande dame of the American theater gives one of her more commanding characterizations as a supposed cynic with a heart of gold, who readily understands the agonies her younger friend experiences as she tries to woo the pianist without hurting his feelings. In an environment where people seldom gave vent to their emotions in public, emotional expression is put at a premium.

The end of the movie is enlivened by a live performance from Leopold Stokowski and Eugeme Ormandy playing themselves with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. They do not have to do much, but they set about delivering the concerto (with music by Leith Stevens) with a conviction and gusto that is truly refreshing.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Memory of Love See more »

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