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a song is born
- kevin sellers
Basically, my reaction to this film is the polar opposite to that of an episode of "Saturday Night Live." Whereas on S and L I tolerate the musical number to get back to the funny stuff, here I impatiently sit through Danny Kaye''s unsubtle, unfunny "comedy" so that I can get back to Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman et. al. Unfortunately, this movie is kind of a bait and switch, being musically top heavy in the first half and, once you're hooked, subjecting you to lots of dullness with Kaye and Mayo. Give it a C. P.S. The fact that director Howard Hawks was not a Kaye fan makes me more of a Hawks fan.
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Maltin is 2.5 of only 4 alloted stars, but viewers are rating on 5 stars worth.
Love this movie...
Great movie and great music. Love this movie.
Great movie!! Fun!!
- el debbo
Like another reviewer said, "Why did Maltin give this such a low rating? what does he know?" I agree. (He can't trace me, can he?) Anyhow, I love all the night spots Danny Kaye hits and cuts to all the great music happening at that time. Wonderful stuff! I thought the nightclubs were stunning, the jazzmen superb. Virginia Mayo looks more beautiful than ever and to watch her sing in that slashed-black-sequin number was a peak experience. Costumes by Sharaff; it's a very lovely movie to look at and it's pretty funny at times. My favorite Danny Kaye movie is 'On the Riviera' with Gene Tierney.
5 star rated! I can't beieve Leeonard Maltin gave this just 2 stars. What does he know? A very enjoyable movie with alot of talent in it!
Great historical content and music.
Although this movie is fun I like the Stanwyck version better. I did not like Coop that much in the film and I think someone more humerous would have been better as Frisbee. I loved Danny Kaye for the role but did not like Virginia Mayo. She did not have the subtleness or delivery of Stanwyck. I grew up watching Danny Kaye and my dad and I loved him. I think I like him even more now than I did then. Anyway, this is a fun and entertaining movie and if you like the music of the period you will love this and seeing Louis Armstrong was the highlight for me.
I never liked Danny Kaye or his humor, as he always played a goofball and the humor was corny. This film is a brief departure from his shtick and it was welcome. He's actually good here. Virginia Mayo - good gravy but she was gorgeous! - is very good in this film and I particularly enjoyed her singing. The real "star" of this film is definitely the music of the 1940s and you find yourself toe-tapping throughout. Not a great film but it sure is a fun one!
A Song Is Born (1948)
- James Higgins
Lively remake of "Ball of Fire", nicely cast, Danny Kaye is in fine form. Well produced with some great songs. Virginia Mayo is no Barbara Stanwyk however. It is a fun film but can't hold a candle to the film it was based on.
One of my favorites
In my opinion, this is one of the few remakes that out shines the original. Although I love the actors in both versions - this was the better film by far.
A Hawks Regret...
- Jody Rope
In interviews with Bogdanovich and others, Hawks expressed regret that he tried to remake Ball of Fire and, without Stanwyck and Cooper, the film never takes off. He had no luck with Mayo or Kaye and admitted the movie disappointed him, except for its musical performers. It's a fine light entertainment and enjoyable, in parts, I think, but far short of an average Hawks.
More DVD's PLEASE!!!!!!
Why aren't more Danny Kaye movies on DVD, such as this one. There are some fantastic classics out there that need to be on DVD's. Whoever is responsible I hope you are reading this and hope that you will start producing more of his classic movies on DVD such as this one, Merry Andrew and a great classic Knock On Wood.
A Hawks Favourite
- Jack Russell
This film, while produced in 1947, was the eact same story done by H Hawks on 1941 under the name "Ball of Fire" starring G Cooper and B Stanwyck. If you enjoyed that you'll like this...with the added bonus of the most influential jazzmen ever seen and heard.
I love Danny Kaye !!!!!!
I love this movie and I need to have a collection of Danny Kaye movies in my DVD library. This movie stars all of the greatest jazz musicians of that era.What a wonderful concept that could never be repeated....Where can I purchase this and other Danny Kaye Dvd's?
- joseph haas
What a great movie to see the greatest muscians who were the top of their field. This generation should be able to see and hear them all together.
Excellent numbers but ...
acting and pace of the story not very good
Great Musical and So Much Fun!
We loved this movie! It was such fun to watch, and listen to. The music was great!! They don't make them like this anymore!
A great movie of this musical genre!
- susann yemm
My Husband is enjoying this movie immensely! He played all of this music as part of his swing-big band during high school and college. susann yemm
If you like the Big Band Era or New Orleans Jazz this movie is a MUST!!!!