Song of Love (1947 film)

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Song of Love
Poster of the movie Song of Love.jpg
Directed by Clarence Brown
Produced by Clarence Brown
Screenplay by Ivan Tors
Irma von Cube
Allen Vincent
Robert Ardrey
Based on Song of Love, the Life of Robert and Clara Schumann
by Bernard Schubert
Mario Silva
Starring Katharine Hepburn
Paul Henreid
Robert Walker
Music by Robert Schumann
Johannes Brahms
Franz Liszt
Cinematography Harry Stradling Sr.
Edited by Robert Kern
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • October 9, 1947 (1947-10-09)
Running time
119 min.
Language English
Budget $2,696,000[1]
Box office $2,737,000[1]

Song of Love (1947) is a biopic starring Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Robert Walker, and Leo G. Carroll, directed by Clarence Brown and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Hepburn plays Clara Wieck, Henreid plays Robert Schumann, Walker plays Johannes Brahms, and Henry Daniell plays Franz Liszt. 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.

Plot summary[edit]

Fictionalized romance in the 19th century of musicians Clara Wieck Schumann (Katharine Hepburn), Robert Schumann (Paul Henreid) and Johannes Brahms (Robert Walker). Clara takes a break from her thriving career as a concert pianist to devote herself to her struggling composer husband Robert. Unable to cope with disappointment and failure, Robert eventually has a breakdown while conducting a performance. He later dies in an asylum, and Clara devotes the rest of her life to preserving his music and his memory.[2]



Hepburn trained intensively with a pianist so that she could be filmed playing the piano.[3] When Henreid is playing piano, the hands of Ervin Nyíregyházi are seen.[4] The soundtrack for the picture was recorded by Arthur Rubinstein.[3]


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

Variety listed the film as earned $3.1 million in US rentals.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "The Eddie Mannix Ledger". Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study{{inconsistent citations}} .
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  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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