A Song is Born

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

Helen McSweeney visits Virginia Mayo and Danny Kaye on the set of A Song is Born (1948).  Helen was the uncredited dialogue director on the film.  There is no mention of a writer among the on screen credits. only for Billy Wilders original screenplay of Ball of Fire.  Helen’s only other imdb credit is for Howard Hawks’ previous film, Red River, as his secretary.

A Song is Born

Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo in A Song is Born (1948) try in vain to recreate a scene from Ball of Fire (1942) with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.  Bing Crosby and countless other actresses would have been a better choice.

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Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo in an original publicity still for 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)

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

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

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

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Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo fail to duplicate the chemistry between Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck in Howard Hawks’ Ball of Fire remake A Song is Born (1948).

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Benny Goodman on clarinet, and one of Buck and Bubbles at the piano in an original publicity still for A Song is Born (1948) with Danny Kaye.

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Benny Goodman consults a reference book with another Hawks work group, including Danny Kaye, in A Song is Born (1948).

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Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo are on their way to their fake wedding in A Song is Born (1948).

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Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo try to copy Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck in A Song is Born (1948), Howard Hawks’ inferior remake of Ball of Fire.

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The back of this publicity still reads

Assisted by Danny Kaye the professors of classical music and a book of jazz. Benny Goodman tires to learn the intricacies of jazz in this scene from Samuel Goldwyn’s Technicolor comedy “A Song Is Born. ”  Seen are O.Z. Whitehead,  Danny, Hugh Hubert, J. Edward Bromber. Ludwig Stossel and Benny.  The film, which co-stars Danny and Virginia Mayo, is directed by Howard Hawks.

It must be a typo when Benny Goodman “tires to learn” and not “tries to learn” the intricacies of jazz.

And J. Edward Bromberg is misidentified as J. Edward Bromber.