Rhapsody in Blue
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There's slightly more fancy than fact in this lavish film biography of legendary American composer George Gershwin, but oh! That music! Director Irving Rapper had wanted Tyrone Power to play Gershwin, but Power was still serving in the Marines, so Rapper had to settle for Robert Alda--who isn't bad at all, just a trifle over-enthusiastic. The film traces Gershwin's rise from a "song plugger" for a Manhattan music publishing company to the heights of international fame and fortune. Gershwin's first big hit is "Swanee," introduced on Broadway by Al Jolson (who… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

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"The music is glorious, but the biopic is pedestrian and fictionlaized to a fault, and Robert Alda as the genius George Gerhsiwn is too bland"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's the usual inaccurate Hollywood biopic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Typical Hollywoodized biopic with some amazing moments."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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