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A Song Is Born

A Song Is Born (1948)


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A Song is Born is a musical remake of the 1941 comedy Ball of Fire, with the same producer (Sam Goldwyn) and director (Howard Hawks) at the helm. It will be recalled that the original film, co-scripted by Billy Wilder, was an amusing spin on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," wherein seven pedantic professors, working on a dictionary of slang, "adopted" an authority on the subject, breezy burlesque dancer Sugarpuss O'Shea. In the remake, the septet of scholars are working on an encyclopedia of


Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy

Harry Tugend

Apr 7, 2009

RKO Radio Pictures

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The whole picture, which is done in color (we don't know why), reflects the tedium resulting from the restriction of Mr. Kaye.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A dreary affair, sanding off the original's satirical edges.

December 16, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

This comedy with jazz music is uneven, but it has rich production values and likable numbers.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

So-so musical based on the brillaint "Ball of Fire" -- see that one instead.

August 2, 2005
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Musical remake of Ball of Fire. Better than you'd think.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

the original Ball of Fire is 10 times better.

June 20, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for A Song Is Born

There's a lot of talent in this pallid redo of Ball of Fire but even with music and color added it doesn't come close to matching that film's charm. Virginia Mayo was a pleasant screen presence but Barbara Stanwyck she most definitely is not. On it's own terms an okay film but doesn't hold up to comparison to its source material.
August 1, 2013
jay nixon

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snow white and the seven musical genius hermits. not only one of the best musicals ever made, but one of my favorite films of all time. virginia mayo shows us again why she was one of the most beautiful women of her time, and dany kaye puts in a stellar performance. the appearances and music of two of the greatest musicians of all time, benny goodman and sachmo, were excellent. each piece of music in this musical about the making of jazz was perfect, and the love story hit the mark. the opening sequence was fuzed with clever writing and great humor, and the film never slows down. one of the top five films of its decade which features some of the greatest films ever made.
October 31, 2008
danny d

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Remake of "Ball of Fire" may not be quite as good, but Kaye and Mayo hold it together. Jazz subplot and Louis Armstrong help a bit.
May 21, 2008

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