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A Song is Born Movie Review Summary

Actors: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Steve Cochran

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Seven odd musical professors have been locked away for nine years researching the history of music in order to write a definitive encyclopedia. Unfortunately, to conduct their study, they have removed themselves from modern society and do not know that music has changed. When they are introduced to strange music such as swing, jive, and re-bop, they realize that their encyclopedia will not be complete without study of these musical styles. Professor Hobart Frisbie (Danny Kaye) bravely ventures out into the world. At one of the nightclubs, he listens to singer Honey Swanson (Virginia Mayo). He goes backstage to ask her to help him out, but she has no interest in his project. Therefore, he is surprised when she comes late that night and says she wants to help out. What he doesn't know is that Honey is using him and the other professors as a hiding place. Her boyfriend Tony Crow has been accused of murder, and the police are looking for her so she can testify against him. What Frisbie does know, however, is it is highly irregular for a woman to spend the night with seven men! Honey won't take no for an answer and uses her feminine wiles to convince the others to override him. She joins great musicians such as Louis Armstrong and Tommy Dorsey to help teach the professors how to be hip. Things get complicated when Frisbie finds himself falling in love with her. And, there is still the matter of Tony Crow. Frisbie and the others are in for a ride they'll never forget.

This is a musical remake of the 1941 movie Ball of Fire. The legendary Benny Goodman plays one of the professors who has never heard of this strange "swing" music.
The review of this Movie prepared by Angela Tircuit








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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Comedy or Parody about    -   musical Lover is...    -   not quite a crook, but doing something bad How much humor v. drama    -   Mostly humor, but some serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing

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