The New Pictures, Jul. 2, 1945

Rhapsody in Blue (Warner) is a finer memorial to the late, great George Gershwin than Hollywood, after its tinselly tributes to Chopin (A Song to Remember) and Victor Herbert (The Great Victor Herbert), might have been expected to accord. All the more praiseworthy because it deals with themes often fatal to good picturemaking, Rhapsody manages to portray a genius without groveling awe, to follow a rags to riches career without wallowing in melodrama, and to picture a warmly devoted, richly accented Jewish family on New York's lower East Side without slobberings of sentiment...

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