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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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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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...with the hottest men in music - beating out the rhythm with'm! See more »


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19 October 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

(Inside joke) When asked to play without music, Prof. Magenbruch (Benny Goodman) says, "You can't play without music." The others answer, "Well, Benny Goodman used to." Magenbruch then says he's never heard of Benny Goodman. 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

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

Muskrat Ramble
(1926) (uncredited)
Written by Ray Gilbert and Kid Ory
Performed by Mel Powell and band members
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The movie is entertaining, but the music is incredible ...
6 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

Where else can you see a jam session with Louie Armstrong on trumpet, Charlie Barnet on saxophone, Benny Goodman on clarinet, and Tommy Dorsey on trombone? Four major swing band leaders jamming out, and they do it more than once on this film. The movie is sufficiently entertaining to watch, but the real treat is the music jam sessions. Some of you may not know Charlie Barnet. Barnet was from a wealthy family, and his bands were more freewheeling than most traditional swing bands. He was the first white band leader to integrate his bands, and he gave Lena Horne her first gig with a major orchestra.

The true big band aficionado will recognize some of the other musicians, but I will not list them here as I might spoil someone's fun.


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