A Song is Born

foreign poster for A Song is Born (1948)

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A Song is Born

the complete A Song is Born (1948)

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trailer for A Song is Born (1948)

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Virginia Mayo isn’t up to the task as a Hawksian woman in A Song is Born (1948).

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Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo and the music professors from A Song is Born (1948) recreate a scene from Ball of Fire (1942)

A Song is Born

Louis Armstrong signed contract with Samuel Goldwyn for publicity of A Song is Born (1948)

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Virginia Mayo surrounded by musicians from A Song is Born (1948) including Mel Powell on piano.

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The local censor wouldn’t allow A Song is Born (1948) to be seen in Memphis because blacks and whites were integrated in performances and appeared on screen together.

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Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra in an original publicity still for A Song is Born (1948)

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Steve Cochran and Danny Kaye on a publicity tour for A Song is Born (1948)

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Danny Kaye in A Song is Born (1948).  Bing Crosby would have been a wonderful choice instead, and could have made the film another Hawks classic, rather than a rare weak entry in Howard Hawks’ filmography.  Even with poor leads, there is much of interest in Hawks’ first color film.

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Virginia Mayo does her best Barbara Stawnwyck impression for Danny Kaye and Esther Dale in A Song is Born (1948).  Esther was also Ginger Rogers’ mother in Howard Hawks’ Monkey Business.

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Producer Samuel Goldwyn with Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman on the cover of Billboard Magazine dated Sep 27, 1947 promoting A Song is Born, which premiered over a year later, on Oct 19, 1948.  Lionel was part of Benny Goodman’s integrated trio and quartet 1936-39.

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Virginia Mayo hides out with the music professors in A Song is Born (1948)

A Song is Born

Benny Goodman on clarinet and Lionel Hampton on vibes with Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo in a scene from A Song is Born (1948)