Night Song

Night Song

Director: John Cromwell

Cast: Dana Andrews, Merle Oberon, Ethel Barrymore

     
 

In this melodrama, a brilliant pianist is struck blind in an accident and stops working on his equally brilliant concerto. A wealthy woman pretends to be poor and blind to help him regain his confidence, and holds a contest with a large prize for the best musical composition. She, as the blind girl, encourages him to finish his work and enter it. He wins the prize,… See more details below

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In this melodrama, a brilliant pianist is struck blind in an accident and stops working on his equally brilliant concerto. A wealthy woman pretends to be poor and blind to help him regain his confidence, and holds a contest with a large prize for the best musical composition. She, as the blind girl, encourages him to finish his work and enter it. He wins the prize, uses the money to have his sight restored, falls in love with the wealthy woman, and is thrilled to find that his two loves are one and the same.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Night Song is a ludicrous melodrama, made palatable by a couple of its supporting players and its beautiful Lucien Ballard cinematography. Mentioning the supporting players over the stars isn't meant to denigrate Dana Andrews or Merle Oberon. Andrews is appropriately mule-headed and bitter, and Oberon, looking truly lovely and radiant, is appropriately sympathetic and lovestruck. It's merely that their characters are written in the baldest, most obvious manner, and so there's little the stars can do with them to make them come alive. They also are forced to carry the plot, and that's the real problem, for Night Song's plot is one of the most contrived, incredible and, to modern audiences at least, laughable that one can imagine. It's the type of plot that cries out for lampooning, and many viewers will be unable to watch without laughing out loud at the set-up and the unbelievable twists and turns that follow. Because they are not called upon to carry this silly story, the supporting players come out better, especially Ethel Barrymore and Hoagy Carmichael. Barrymore turns in one of her patented "wise woman" performances, not so terribly different from the one in A Portrait of Jennie, but enjoyable nonetheless. But it's Carmichael that steals the show and provides the film with its best moments. Not really an actor, Carmichael is an entertaining personality who, in small doses, can give a problem film a big lift -- as he does here. (It should also be said that Carmichael's little "Who Killed the Black Widow" tune is much preferable to the faux-classical dreck that Andrews' character is supposed to have written.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2012
UPC:
0883316452592
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
62,801

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dana Andrews Dan Evans
Merle Oberon Cathy
Ethel Barrymore Aunt Willey
Hoagy Carmichael Chick
Jacqueline White Connie
Donald Curtis George
Walter Reed Jimmy
Jane Jones Mamie
Artur Rubinstein Himself
Luis Alberni Flower Vendor
Whit Bissell Ward Oates
Lennie Bremen Headwaiter, Chez Mamie
George Chandler Bartender
Angela Clarke Woman
George A. Cooper Bellboy
Suzi Crandall Girl on Street
Herbert Evans Butler
Antonio Filauri Chef
Jack Gargan Actor
Harry Harvey Postman
Alex Melesh Waiter
Victor Romito Actor
Hector V. Sarno Proprietor
Howard Keiser Newsboy
Eugene Ormandy Conductor

Technical Credits
John Cromwell Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
DeWitt Bodeen Screenwriter
Jack Brooks Songwriter
Hoagy Carmichael Songwriter
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Frank Fenton Screenwriter
Dick I.Hyland Screenwriter
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Harry Marker Editor
Jack Okey Art Director
Harriet Parsons Producer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Fred Spielman Songwriter
Leith Stevens Score Composer
Janice Torre Songwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Night Song
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [10:00]
9. Chapter 9 [10:00]
10. Chapter 10 [10:00]
11. Chapter 11 [2:05]

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