A Song Is Born
A Song Is Born (1948)

This remake of 1941 Ball of Fire, features Danny Kaye as one of a few professors researching jazz origins, and Virginia Mayo as a vocalist hiding out from her gangster boyfriend. The musical numbers are performed by the orchestras of Tommy… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 19, 1948
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The whole picture, which is done in color (we don't know why), reflects the tedium resulting from the restriction of Mr. Kaye.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

This comedy with jazz music is uneven, but it has rich production values and likable numbers.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

the original Ball of Fire is 10 times better.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hawks told everyone he hated the film.

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom

So-so musical based on the brillaint "Ball of Fire" -- see that one instead.

Noel Murray
The Dissolve

A dreary affair, sanding off the original's satirical edges.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Musical remake of Ball of Fire. Better than you'd think.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
There's a lot of talent in this pallid redo of Ball of Fire but even with music and color added it doesn't come close to matching that film's… More
danny d
snow white and the seven musical genius hermits. not only one of the best musicals ever made, but one of my favorite films of all time. virginia mayo shows us… More
Anthony Valletta
Remake of "Ball of Fire" may not be quite as good, but Kaye and Mayo hold it together. Jazz subplot and Louis Armstrong help a bit.