A Song Is Born

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A group of music professors, including Frisbee (Danny Kaye) and Magenbruch (Benny Goodman), are writing an encyclopedia of music. A pair of window washers introduces the duo to a pioneering musical form called jazz. Frisbee and Magenbruch start going to nightclubs to hear the new sound and become involved with club singer Honey Swanson (Virginia Mayo), who is running from police because they want her to inform on her gangster boyfriend, Tony Crow (Steve Cochran).

Cast & Crew

Danny Kaye
Professor Hobart Frisbee
Virginia Mayo
Honey Swanson
Benny Goodman
Professor Magenbruch
Hugh Herbert
Professor Twingle
Felix Bressart
Professor Gerkikoff
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Charlie Barnet
Charlie Barnet
Lionel Hampton
Lionel Hampton
Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey
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Critic Reviews for A Song Is Born

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Audience Reviews for A Song Is Born

  • Jun 29, 2013
    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.
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  • Oct 31, 2008
    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.
    danny d Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2008
    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.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2007
    Danny Kaye is just GOLDEN.
    Valerie G Super Reviewer

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