SSONG IS BORN, A

    THE PLOT THUS FAR 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. WHAT WE THOUGHT “A Song Is Born” is director Howard Hawks’ musical remake of his earlier film, Ball...
April 17, 20094 min
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THE PLOT THUS FAR

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.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“A Song Is Born” is director Howard Hawks’ musical remake of his earlier film, Ball of Fire (1941). Your enjoyment of the film will likely be commensurate with your enjoyment of the various musical performers spotlighted. Tommy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Barnet, and the oft-sampled Golden Gate Quartette are all featured, and Benny Goodman even plays one of the academics. Needless to say, A Song Is Born will likely play very well to fans of the era’s music.

While the jazz is great, the film’s big problem lies in its leads. Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo are certainly passable, but neither is strong enough to carry the picture, and as a result, the film feels more like a musical showcase than a real story.

Still, A Song Is Born has its moments, like when Mayo decks Esther Dale, or Kaye’s fist fight at the film’s finale, that will have you laughing out loud, and which, combined with the great music, make the film passable.

 
The DVD is an average release. Sure, you get a classic film finally on DVD. There’s no special features, which sucks. But, what do you expect? I wish that MGM or FOX would bundle films like this in the future. Charge a premium price and try to build an evolution of this kind of musical on film. But, I’m a dreamer. This is a rental.
 
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