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Song of Love (1947 film)

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Song of Love
Poster of the movie Song of Love.jpg
Directed byClarence Brown
Screenplay byIvan Tors
Irma von Cube
Allen Vincent
Robert Ardrey
Based onSong of Love, the Life of Robert and Clara Schumann
by Bernard Schubert
Mario Silva
Produced byClarence Brown
StarringKatharine Hepburn
Paul Henreid
Robert Walker
CinematographyHarry Stradling Sr.
Edited byRobert Kern
Music byRobert Schumann
Johannes Brahms
Franz Liszt
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 9, 1947 (1947-10-09)
Running time
119 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,737,000[1]

Song of Love is a 1947 biopic starring Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Robert Walker, and Leo G. Carroll, directed by Clarence Brown and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The screenplay was co-authored by Ivan Tors, Irma von Cube, Allen Vincent, and Robert Ardrey, based on a play by Bernard Schubert and Mario Silva.

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Plot summary

The film is a fictionalized romance set in the 19th century, focussing on musicians Clara Wieck Schumann (Katharine Hepburn), Robert Schumann (Paul Henreid) and Johannes Brahms (Robert Walker).

Clara takes a break from her thriving career as an acclaimed concert pianist to devote herself to her struggling composer husband Robert and their seven children. Johannes Brahms, Schumann's best student, takes a place in their home but falls in love with Clara and eventually realises he must move out.

Schumann works on his opera based on Faust but has no success in having it performed. Unable to cope with disappointment and failure, Robert eventually has a mental breakdown while conducting a performance. He loses his sanity and eventually dies in an asylum. Brahms proposes marriage to Clara but she rejects him saying she will always love Robert. She devotes the rest of her life to preserving his music and his memory.[2]


Production notes

Hepburn trained intensively with a pianist for several weeks prior to production so that she could be filmed playing the piano convincingly.[3] When Henreid is playing piano, the hands of Ervin Nyiregyházi are seen.[4] The soundtrack for the picture was recorded by Arthur Rubinstein. Rubinstein found Hepburn's piano skills "amazing" and stated that she played almost as well as he.[3]


The film earned $1,469,000 in the U.S. and Canada and $1,268,000 elsewhere resulting in a loss of $1,091,000.[1]

Variety listed the film as earning $3.1 million in U.S. and Canadian rentals in 1947.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "The Eddie Mannix Ledger". Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help).
  2. ^ "Song of Love (1947) - Clarence Brown | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie".
  3. ^ a b Chandler, Charlotte (2011). I Know Where I'm Going: Katharine Hepburn: A Personal Biography. Applause. p. 164.
  4. ^ Bazanna, Kevin (2007). Lost Genius: The Curious and Tragic Story of an Extraordinary Musical Prodigy. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart; New York: Carroll & Graf; Cambridge: Da Capo Press. p. 205.
  5. ^ "Top Grossers of 1947", Variety, 7 January 1948 p 63

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