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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Professor Hobart Frisbee
... Honey Swanson
... Professor Magenbruch
... Tommy Dorsey
... Louis Armstrong
... Lionel Hampton
... Charlie Barnet
... Mel Powell
... Dancers
... Cavanaugh Trio (as The Page Cavanaugh Trio)
... Golden Gate Quartette (as The Golden Gate Quartet)
Samba Kings ... The Samba Kings (as Russo and The Samba Kings)
... Professor Twingle
... Tony Crow
... Dr. Elfini
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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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19 October 1948 (USA)  »

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That's Life  »

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$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

Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo and Steve Cochran had previously starred together in The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) See more »

Goofs

At one point, during the last musical session when the two gangsters are holding everyone captive, the wires making the drum jump up and down can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Honey Swanson: And I want you to look at me, Professor Frisbee, as another tomato.
Professor Hobart Frisbee: What?
Honey Swanson: Just another tomato.
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Remake of Ball of Fire (1941) See more »

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Muskrat Ramble
(1926) (uncredited)
Written by Ray Gilbert and Kid Ory
Performed by Mel Powell and band members
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Good Remake of "Ball of Fire" ***
9 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

"A Song is Born" was made in 1948. This was a remake of 1941's "Ball of Fire" with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.

A group of dull music professors are studying the history of music. Two window cleaners urge Danny Kaye, a music professor, to go out and hear music around him.

In Damon Runyan-like atmosphere, he accidentally gets involved with gangsters and their moll-Virginia Mayo.

She hides out by Kaye and his other professors as she is wanted for questioning regarding a murder that her guy-Steve Cochran-may have committed. Remember Cochran and Mayo two years earlier in the Oscar-winning "The Best Years of Our Lives?"

When she hides out, she brings an assortment of musicians with her to join the professors and all belt out music. Thanks to Louis Armstrong and Tommy Dorsey, the music shines. Benny Goodman is unrecognizable as one of the corny music professors.

The hostage situation at film's end is hilarious at best.

A musical treat; funny and memorable when Kaye pops the question. Lots of good fun.


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