A Song is Born

Virginia Mayo as Honey Swanson in an original publicity still for A Song is Born (1948), Howard Hawks’ remake of his Ball of Fire (1942). Hawks did it because of the large amount of cash offered by producer Samuel Goldwyn, very attractive after all of Hawks’ out of pocket expenses on his previous film, Red River. While it was notable as Hawks’ first film in color, it is also one of his four weak films, as Virginia and Danny Kaye were did not compare to Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.

A Song is Born

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The back of this publicity still reads

Danny Kaye stars in Samuel Goldwyn’s “A SONG IS BORN” with Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, Virginia Mayo and Hugh Herbert.  There’s bounce, beat and a bundle of melodies combined with gay humor in this Danny Kaye romantic musical which features the multiple talents of a group of famed musicians.

(Printed in U.S.A.)

A Song is Born

sheet music for an older Tommy Dorsey hit not used in A Song is Born (1948)

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A Song is Born premiered Oct 19, 1948.  It was Howard Hawks’ 33rd film.

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Danny Kaye and the professors in A Song is Born (1948) recreate a scene at the stairs from Ball of Fire (1942).

A Song is Born

Benny Goodman is to the left of Danny Kaye in an original publicity still for A Song is Born (1948) with the music scholars.

A Song is Born

Charlie Barnet, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton in a publicity still for A Song is Born (1948).  The professors of the original Ball of Fire are now musicians.

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Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo in A Song is Born (1948) are a poor substitute for Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck in Ball of Fire (1942).

A Song is Born

print ad for A Song is Born (1948).  The New York Times review said there should have been more Danny Kaye and less of  “The Giants of Jazz.”

A Song is Born

Hugh Herbert as Professor Twingle in an original publicity still for A Song is Born (1948)

A Song is Born

Hugh Herbert as Professor Twingle in an original publicity still for A Song is Born (1948)

A Song is Born

Virginia Mayo in an original publicity still for A Song is Born (1948)

A Song is Born

Hugh Herbert as Professor Twingle in an original publicity still for A Song is Born (1948)

A Song is Born

OZ Whitehead as Professor Oddley in an original publicity still for A Song is Born (1948)

A Song is Born

Hugh Herbert as Professor Twingle in an original publicity still for A Song is Born (1948)