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Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Musical | 22 September 1945 (USA)
George Gershwin is a driven composer whose need to succeed destroys his relationship with singer Julie Adams and socialite Christine Gilbert.


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Sonya Levien (original story), Howard Koch (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Alda ... George Gershwin
Joan Leslie ... Julie Adams
Alexis Smith ... Christine Gilbert
Charles Coburn ... Max Dreyfus
Julie Bishop ... Lee Gershwin
Albert Bassermann ... Prof. Franck
Morris Carnovsky ... Morris Gershwin
Rosemary DeCamp ... Rose Gershwin
Oscar Levant ... Oscar Levant
Paul Whiteman ... Paul Whiteman
Al Jolson ... Al Jolson
George White ... George White
Hazel Scott Hazel Scott ... Hazel Scott
Anne Brown Anne Brown ... Bess
Herbert Rudley ... Ira Gershwin


Composer George Gershwin is driven by his need to succeed. Unfortunately his drive destroys his romantic relationships with singer Julie Adams, who is desperately in love with him, and aloof socialite Christine Gilbert. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Release Date:

22 September 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rapsodia en azul See more »

Company Credits

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


| (with overture)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Oscar Levant dubbed Robert Alda's piano playing. See more »


After Christine brings the terrier Tinker for George, when the camera angle is on George, Tinker's head is pointing up and his mouth is open. When the camera angle is on Christine, Tinker's head is level and his mouth is closed. See more »


George Gershwin: Work is a compulsion. It's an obsession. And there's so much I want to do.
Ira Gershwin: What are you trying to prove, Georgie? You've already done...
George Gershwin: Don't you see, Ira? It's only with my music that I can prove my right to live. I must write... and I can't even hear it inside me anymore.
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Edited into The Story of Will Rogers (1952) See more »


Bidin' My Time
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Played by George and sung by the guests at the coming home party
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Each scene of the movie has the rhythm of Gershwin's music.
18 March 2000 | by macpherrSee all my reviews

Rhapsody in Blue, is a true black and white American classic. I bought the tape because of the title, which is one of the pieces written by George Gershwin. I had the privilege of going to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and xeroxing some of Gershwin's hand written sheet music with his own signature in it. Wow! Just like he signs his name in the movie. The movie starts with his and his brother, Ira's, childhood, when they get the piano for Ira to play. Turned out that George became the pianist and Ira the lyricist. George never married but the movie is a love story between George and singer "Julie Adams" Joan Leslie (Yankee Doodle Dandy), who truly loved him. He was also romantically involved with Alexis Smith "Christine Gilbert" (The Age of Innocence). She was a socialite painter who lived in Paris. George would have married Julie, but he somehow was married to his music and ended up never marrying Julie, due to his early death. Each scene of the movie has the rhythm of Gershwin's music and the music played is a piece which corresponds that period of his life. To my surprise Al Jolson plays himself where he sings and dances. Remember him the guy that Warner Brothers decided to star him in their first partly-talking-picture, "The Jazz Singer" in 1927. The two Gershwin's had a wonderful relationship with their parents and Ira became their parent's caretaker because George traveled a lot. I love the fact that "George Gershwin" is played by Robert Alda (Imitation of Life), a great actor and singer and also father one of my favorite actors Alan Alda (M.A.S.H., Same Time, Next Year). Talent runs in the families in the cases at hand, (the Aldas and the Gershwins) and Robert and Alan Alda they looked a lot alike. This is a must see for anybody to see, specially Gershwin fans such as myself. It has an imaginable body of their work in this movie, their music is vibrant and happy. Favorite Scenes: Gershwin's parents getting their first piano to their apartment I believe up to the sixth floor of the building where they lived. George getting fired when he meets Julie because he gives her his own work to sing. Favorite Quotes: Ira: "Good Night Mr.Music." George: "Thank you Mr. Words." George: "It is only with music that I can prove my right to live." Dad Gershwin to George: "Take time to be happy, George." This is a great old fashion movie I think that you will love it as I have.

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