A Song Is Born, Gangster’s moll Honey Swanson goes into hiding when her boyfriend is under investigation by the police. Where better to hide than a musical research institute staffed entirely by lonely bachelors? She gets more than she bargained for when the head of the institute Professor Hobart Frisbee starts to fall for her.
Good Remake of “Ball of Fire” ***
“A Song is Born” was made in 1948. This was a remake of 1941’s “Ball of Fire” with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.
A group of dull music professors are studying the history of music. Two window cleaners urge Danny Kaye, a music professor, to go out and hear music around him.
In Damon Runyan-like atmosphere, he accidentally gets involved with gangsters and their moll-Virginia Mayo.
She hides out by Kaye and his other professors as she is wanted for questioning regarding a murder that her guy-Steve Cochran-may have committed. Remember Cochran and Mayo two years earlier in the Oscar-winning “The Best Years of Our Lives?”
When she hides out, she brings an assortment of musicians with her to join the professors and all belt out music. Thanks to Louis Armstrong and Tommy Dorsey, the music shines. Benny Goodman is unrecognizable as one of the corny music professors.
The hostage situation at the film’s end is hilarious at best.
A musical treat; funny and memorable when Kaye pops the question. Lots of good fun.
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