Directed by Howard Hawks • 1948 • United States
Starring Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Benny Goodman
The delights range from Brahms to boogie-woogie in this high-spirited musical directed by the great Howard Hawks. A tuneful Technicolor remake of Hawks’s own screwball classic BALL OF FIRE, A SONG IS BORN stars the ever-entertaining Danny Kaye as a stuffy scholar researching popular music who gets a crash course in swing—and in lots else besides—when he enlists the help of a sultry nightclub singer (Virginia Mayo) on the lam. Look out for musical appearances from a host of jazz greats, including Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, and many others.