A Song is Born

the jazz musicians are in a hostage situation in A Song is Born (1948)

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Virginia Mayo as Honey Swanson in A Song is Born (1948).  The best Howard Hawks could do was to get Virginia to mimic Barbara Stanwyck’s Oscar nominated performance of the original, Ball of Fire (1942).

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Virginia Mayo tries to fit in with Mel Powell at the piano in a publicity still for A Song is Born (1948)

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Mary Field reprises her role as Miss Totten from Ball of Fire in the misguided musical remake A Song is Born (1948).  Howard Hawks made the film as a favor to producer Samuel Goldwyn who offered him a boodle which he couldn’t resist after all the expenses of his previous film, Red River.  It was also an opportunity to film in color for the first time in his career.  The biggest problem with the film is that the leads Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo are no match for Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.  The film was a missed opportunity, as Bing Crosby worked for Goldwyn as recently as 1944, and he might have been terrific in the lead role, and many many actresses would have brought more personality and sex appeal than Miss Mayo.

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gospel greats The Golden Gate Quartet in A Song is Born (1948)

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Jazz giant Louis Armstrong in A Song is Born (1948)

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In the Ball of Fire remake, A Song is Born (1948),  Danny Kaye goes to the nightclubs in search of contemporary jazz as Gary Cooper did in search of slang in the original.

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Danny Kaye as Prof. Hobart Frisbee in a publicity still for A Song is Born (1948).  The first Frisbee by toy company Wham-O went on sale in 1957.

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A Song is Born is Howard Hawks’ 33rd film.

A Song is Born premiered Oct 19, 1948.

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Big band and jazz giants Charlie Barnett, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton in A Song is Born (1948)