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A Song Is Born

A Song Is Born

Howard Hawks (1948)

PG Certificate


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Director Howard Hawks's remake of his classic Ball of Fire for producer Samuel Goldwyn, with Danny Kaye in the original Gary Cooper role. Cooper played a gauche professor compiling a dictionary of slang; here the plot's updated to a study of jazz, and on hand are some of its greatest exponents, including Benny Goodman (who almost acts!), Louis Armstrong, Charlie Barnet and Tommy Dorsey. That in itself should be recommendation enough. In Hawks's canon this is a trifle, though it has interest as the director's first film in colour. Unfortunately, it's all rather silly.


A music professor helps a nightclub singer to escape her gangster boyfriend's clutches. Musical comedy, starring Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo and Benny Goodman.

Cast & Crew

Actor Danny Kaye
Actor Virginia Mayo
Actor Benny Goodman
Actor Hugh Herbert
Director Howard Hawks

Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: National Screen Service Ltd Available on: Available on video

Music Comedy

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