A Song Is Born
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A Song is Born is a musical remake of the 1941 comedy Ball of Fire, with the same producer (Sam Goldwyn) and director (Howard Hawks) at the helm. It will be recalled that the original film, co-scripted by Billy Wilder, was an amusing spin on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," wherein seven pedantic professors, working on a dictionary of slang, "adopted" an authority on the subject, breezy burlesque dancer Sugarpuss O'Shea. In the remake, the septet of scholars are working on an encyclopedia of music, but they're held up on the subject of "swing." When… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The whole picture, which is done in color (we don't know why), reflects the tedium resulting from the restriction of Mr. Kaye."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"This comedy with jazz music is uneven, but it has rich production values and likable numbers."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"the original Ball of Fire is 10 times better."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Hawks told everyone he hated the film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"So-so musical based on the brillaint "Ball of Fire" -- see that one instead."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"A dreary affair, sanding off the original's satirical edges."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Musical remake of Ball of Fire. Better than you'd think."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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