Rhapsody in Blue

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Irving Rapper
Production: Warner Home Video
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
135 min

Jack, can I trade this in for a nickel?

Sorry, Georgie,

but I can't use it.

Must I hear that number

every day?


Ira, do you got

a nickel?


What's that

- Another Deadwood Dick?

It ain't much good. Say, we better

get back and do our homework.

Race you home.

Hey, wait a minute!

A little more

to the left.

Steady now, boys.

How's it coming

up there, Jerry?


Who's getting

a piano?

It's the Gershwins.

We don't have one.

Who wants a secondhanded piano?

Come on inside.

What's going on?

Search me.

Gee, a piano.

Some lucky guy.

Hey, that's

our window!

No. There must be

some mistake.

Let's go see.

Now, George, if it's not for

us, don't be disappointed.

One piano comes

in the house,

And right away the whole place

is turned upside down on its head.

The house needs music.

I've made up my mind.

Do you play the piano?

Do I?

If your married sister

can have one, why can't we?

So if she has a headache,

I must have one, too.

Anyhow, a piano

in the house

Is a sign

of culture.


Ira, look out!


How many times

- Look out! Look out!


Oh, always coming in

With skates

on the carpet. Look.

Hey, Mom, does the piano

belong to us?

Mm-hmm, so long as we can pay

the installments.

Positively we will pay

the installments,

And Ira will take



Oh, Momma,

have a heart.

You heard

what I said.

Gee, do I have to

take them?

You're the oldest.

There, now.


even a lesson.

1, 2, 3, 4.

1, 2, 3, 4.

1, 2, 3, 4.

1, 2, 3, 4.


Don't try to improve upon

the classics, Mr. Gershwin.

Morris, I never saw

such children.

Always wearing out

the cuffs.

And George

- He tears off the buttons.

Look at it.

At their age, they've got

their own worries.

What are you

fixing now?

I'm not fixing.

I'm ruining.

Morris, tell George

to go downstairs

And help out

with the bakery.


playing music.

I'll go, Mom,

as soon as I'm through.

If he wants to play, Momma, let him.

You, Ira

- Always with a book under your nose.

Rose, when they're outside,

you want them inside,

So when they're inside,

leave them alone.


bothering them?

Ah, such a mechanism.

It's too involved.

Can I come in?

You're in already. What is it

- A telephone call?

No. Georgie.


Chico Marx tells me you

should give me a nickel.

What for?

I got a message.

What kind

of a message?


A message always costs.


Mr. Gershwin.

Such a popular


Every day

a telephone call.

Well, what do you know?

At last I got the job-

Relief pianist

in a theater.

Who do you


Chico Marx.

In the whole


Sonny, I don't

want you to work

In no cheap

vaudeville show.

It's a good job, Mom.

A fella has to start

somewhere, Momma.

What a break,


They've got some pretty good acts

over there. Here's one of the songs.

Don't pay any attention to

me, son. I just work here.

Excuse me.

You're not a piano

player. You're a juggler.

Come on, give me that tempo, will you?

I don't know what I'd do without

him down there, but I'd rather!


Stop it. Stop it!

Is that what you learn

in the vaudeville job?

No. I quit that job, but

I'll get another one soon,

And it will pay me more

than 15 bucks a week.

15 or 50 or 500-

Does that make up

For ruining your technique

when you have it in you

To become a concert pianist? Does it?

No, but,

professor Franck,


- I don't want to be just a concert pianist.


a concert pianist.

Oh, I didn't mean it

that way, only...

Well, I want to make the

piano a steppingstone.

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