A Song is Born

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

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.

A Song is Born

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

A Song is Born

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

A Song is Born

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

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

A Song is Born

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.

A Song is Born

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)

A Song is Born

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).

A Song is Born

Virginia Mayo in a screencap from A Song is Born (1948), Howard Hawks first film in color, and his second release of 1948, after Red River, which was scheduled for 1947, but held up in post-production.

A Song is Born

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

A Song is Born

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.

A Song is Born

Virginia Mayo as singer Honey Swanson with Mel Powell at the piano in A Song is Born (1948).