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Night Song(1948)

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The working titles of this film were Counterpoint and Memory of Love. RKO borrowed Dana Andrews from Samuel Goldwyn's company for the picture. Contemporary news items add the following information about the production: Composer Leith Stevens wrote his Concerto in C Minor especially for the film. Artur Rubinstein reportedly added the concerto to his concert repertoire months before the film's release. For Rubinstein's tour, Stevens lengthened the concerto by eight minutes. To enhance his performance, Andrews wore specially designed opaque contact lenses, which rendered him sightless, during his "blind" scenes.
       Although producer Harriet Parsons took a crew, including RKO sound department head John Aalberg, Aalberg's assistant, Steve Dunn, and sound engineer Earl Mounce, to New York to record the concerto at Carnegie Hall, New York Times reported that because of difficulties in moving sound equipment in and out of the hall between concerts, the entire concerto scene was finally shot on a replica set in Los Angeles. Other scenes in the film were shot in San Francisco, Trancas Beach and Lake Arrowhead, CA, and in various locations in New York City. Modern sources note that the picture lost $1,040,000 at the box office. Andrews reprised his role in a May 29, 1950 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast, co-starring Joan Fontaine.