George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

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“Rhapsody in Blue” Debut from the film “Rhapsody in Blue” (1945).

“Rhapsody in Blue” is a 1945 fictionalized screen biography of the American composer and musician George Gershwin (1898–1937) released by Warner Brothers.

Starring Robert Alda as Gershwin, the film features a few of Gershwin’s acquaintances (including Paul Whiteman, Al Jolson, and Oscar Levant) playing themselves. Alexis Smith and Joan Leslie play fictional women in Gershwin’s life, Morris Carnovsky and Rosemary De Camp play Gershwin’s parents, and Herbert Rudley portrays Ira Gershwin. Oscar Levant also recorded most of the piano playing in the movie, and also dubbed Alda’s piano playing. Both the Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris are performed nearly completely, the “Rhapsody…” debut of 1924 conducted, as it was originally, by Whiteman himself.

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