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Night Song (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Music | 1948 (UK)
When a beautiful socialite falls in love with an embittered composer who is blind, she feigns blindness herself in order to get closer to him.

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

Frank Fenton (screen play), Dick Irving Hyland (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Dan
Merle Oberon ... Cathy
Ethel Barrymore ... Miss Willey
Hoagy Carmichael ... Chick
Artur Rubinstein ... Artur Rubinstein
Eugene Ormandy Eugene Ormandy ... Eugene Ormandy
Jacqueline White ... Connie
Donald Curtis ... George
Walter Reed ... Jimmy
Jane Jones Jane Jones ... Mamie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Alberni ... Flower Vendor (scenes deleted)
George Chandler ... Bartender (scenes deleted)
Hector V. Sarno Hector V. Sarno ... Proprietor (scenes deleted) (as Hector Sarno)
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Storyline

Cathy Mallory, beautiful socialite who prefers classical music, is taken by friends to a back-alley dance club. There, she meets blind pianist Dan Evans, who plays in Chick Morgan's swing band but seems to be a composer of great promise. Attracted but spurned, Cathy feigns blindness herself to get past Dan's bitter facade, scheming to get him to the doctor who can restore his sight...and to Carnegie Hall. But her actions bring about several twists in their relationship... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

His Music Told of Love He Dared Not Whisper!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Memory of Love See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 29, 1950 with Dana Andrews reprising his film role. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Suspense: Dead Ernest (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

I COULDN'T SLEEP A WINK LAST NIGHT
(uncredited)
from Higher and Higher (1943)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Performed by "Chick Morgan Band"
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Implausible? Definitey! But highly underrated classic soaper
7 March 2013 | by bobvendSee all my reviews

This film predates my birth by ten years, but after just seeing it on TCM, I had to weigh in. Overlong? ...well probably, and certainly contrived, given the plot. But somehow, it works, and does so beautifully.

Both Andrews and Oberon do the best they can with their characters: he, a blind pianist playing in dives; she, a wealthy socialite who likes to go slumming. Enamoured by him, she feigns blindness in order to insinuate her way into his bitter existence. Both Hoagy Charmichael and stalwart Ethel Barrymore add comic bite and the requisite amount of wisdom as they lend their support to the ruse. And there are some cleaver twists which keep the game running just when one would think they would otherwise send it careening off the tracks. And it's hard for me to think of another film in which Merle Oberon was more beautiful.

Set your reality check to its lowest setting and enjoy this classic sudser. And, if you're not a fan of classical music, this film just might change that!


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