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(aka "Memory of Love" )


directed by John Cromwell
USA 19


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.



The sumptuous cinematography for Night Song is by Oberon's then-husband, Lucien Ballard, who had learned lighting as an assistant to the legendary Gregg Toland, and had worked with director Joseph von Sternberg. It was Ballard who had designed a lighting technique that camouflaged facial scars that Oberon had gotten in a car accident. The film's producer was Harriet Parsons, daughter of gossip columnist Louella Parsons.

Excerpt of review from TCM located HERE


Theatrical Release: April 26th, 1948

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:42:00

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.73 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: March 22nd, 2012
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Night Song is wonderful hokey melodrama. I loved the performances. There is some nice chemistry between Merle Oberon and Dana Andrews plus the piano music is impressive.

The DVD is standard single-layered but progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and looks acceptable. This is labeled under the Warner's "Archive Collection" marquee and the image is clean with little damage or speckles. It is not particularly tight but contrast supports the visuals for a consistent presentation. It provides an acceptable SD video image.

The mono sound is decent and the Leith Stevens' score is remarkable and a big part of the film experience. There are no subtitles, nor extras offered.

It's probably not productive to complain about the film's contrived sentimentality nor its melodramatic conventions. I was anticipating them - and suspended my disbelief to enjoy the performances and story. Vintage fans should take a 'boo' at this one...  

  - Gary Tooze



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