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Song of Love (1947)

Song of Love (1947)

Song of Love





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Song of Love is the MGM-ified version of the lives and loves of 19th century musicians Clara Wieck Schumann (Katharine Hepburn), Robert Schumann (Paul Henreid) and Johannes Brahms (Robert Walker, who the previous year had played another composer, Jerome Kern, in Til the Clouds Roll By). Clara gives up her thriving career as a concert pianist to devote herself to her struggling composer husband Robert. Unable to cope with disappointment and failure, Robert dies in an asylum, leaving poor Clara to cope with seven children and mounting debts. At this point, the eminently successful Brahms, who has loved Clara all along, proposes to her, but Clara insists upon going it alone, perpetuating her husband's memory on the concert stage. Also represented in this musical "through the years" pageant is Franz Liszt, played with remarkable understatement by Henry Daniell. Clearly designed to capitalize on the popularity of Columbia's Chopin biopic A Song to Remember, Song of Love is slow and poky at times, though it's fascinating to see Katharine Hepburn at the piano (reportedly, she learned to play enough classical music to get by in the close-up scenes, though her music is dubbed in medium and long shots).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ivan Tors, Irma von Cube, Robert Ardrey, Allen Vincent, Mario Silva
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On DVD: Oct 23, 1991


Paul Henreid
as Robert Schumann
Katharine Hepburn
as Clara Wieck Schumann
Robert Walker
as Johannes Brahms
Henry Daniell
as Franz Liszt
Leo G Carroll
as Prof. Wieck
Jimmy Hunt
as Ludwig
Anthony Sydes
as Ferdinand
Roman Bohnen
as Dr. Hoffman
Ludwig Stossel
as Haslinger
Tala Birell
as Princess Valerie Hoh...
Henry Stephenson
as King Albert
Byron Foulger
as Court Officer
Josephine Whittell
as Lady in Box
Betty Blythe
as Lady with Opera Glas...
Clinton Sundberg
as Dr. Richarz
André Charlot
as Pompous Gent
Mary Forbes
as Woman at Party
Winifred Harris
as Woman at Party
Lela Bliss
as Mrs. Heller
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Critic Reviews for Song of Love

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

The basic romance of the Schumanns has been reduced to cloying clichés and the brilliance of Brahms and his acid nature have been sloughed off for just a 'good-old-Charley' type.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It's typical of MGM's middle-brow mindset that the tumultuous story of the Schumanns and Brahms puts them on the level of Andy Hardy Goes Classical.

Full Review… | May 16, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Song of Love


A predictable, but sweet romantic drama, about a composer and his wife, and a biography of composer Brahms too.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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