A Song Is Born

Virginia Mayo rests a leg between takes of A Song is Born (1948), Howard Hawks was disappointed with the two leads in the film.. Replacing Danny Kaye with Bing Crosby might have made the film a classic, and replacing Virginia with most any talented actress in Hollywood would have made her character more interesting and appealing.

A Song Is Born

Danny Kaye leads a group of musicians in A Song is Born (1948), including Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey and Charlie Barnett,

A Song Is Born

The back of this publicity still reads

A SONG IS BORN

PROFESSOR IN LOVE – Danny Kaye as mild mannered music professor falls in love with glamorous torch singer Virginia Mayo in Samuel Goldwyn’s spectacular musical comedy, “A Song is Born,” which co-stars the pair and features some of the nation’s leading jazz musicians, Directed by Howard Hawks, the RKO Radio release with color by Technicolor tells the story of a man who finds the mixture of gangsters and gala almost too much for him.

A Song Is Born

original half sheet poster for A Song is Born (1948).

A Song Is Born

Australian poster for A Song is Born (1948), Howard Hawks’ remake of his Ball of Fire (1942).

Ball of Fire

Howard Hawks directing Barbara Stanwyck on the set of Ball of Fire (1942)

Ball of Fire

Barbara Stanwyck and Gene Krupa enjoying themselves behind the scenes of Ball of Fire (1942)

Ball of Fire

original poster for Ball of Fire (1942)

Ball of Fire

Barbara Stanwyck as Sugarpuss O’Shea in Ball of Fire (1942)

Ball of Fire

drummer Gene Krupa and Barbara Stanwyck behind the scenes of Ball of Fire (1942)

The Dawn Patrol

final version of the screenplay for The Dawn Patrol, dated Mar 14, 1930, autographed by Frank McHugh and Douglas Fairbanks Jr in 1968 and 69.

The Dawn Patrol

original lobby card for The Dawn Patrol (1930)

The Dawn Patrol

original lobby card for The Dawn Patrol (1930)

The Dawn Patrol

Howard Hawks was a licensed pilot and did some of the stunt work in The Dawn Patrol (1930)

The Dawn Patrol

Richard Barthelmess as Dick Courtney in an original publicity still for The Dawn Patrol (1930)