Story of the lives, loves and music of Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms, Song of Love has a good cast, entertaining tale and the usual top Metro production mountings.
Picture offers a goldmine of thesping opportunities to its three stars, Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid and Robert Walker, all of whom play it to the hilt. All three, moreover, show a surprising adeptness at the pianistics which is highly necessary despite the fact that Artur Rubinstein ghosted for them all.
Screenplay, based on a play by Bernard Schubert and Mario Silva, is overlong. Yarn picks up the young Clara Wieck as an already popular concert pianist in the early part of the last century, at the time of her marriage to Schumann, a struggling young composer. Duo promptly, by screen time, have seven children, for whose care Frau Schumann sacrifices her concert work. The young Brahms enters the household as a student and promptly complicates things by falling for Clara.
Hepburn is fine as Clara, showing in her work touches of the expert direction of Clarence Brown. She progresses neatly from emotion to emotion and registers solidly in both comedy and pathos. Henreid is a little too austere as Schumann but comes off well in a role suited more to his talents than some of his recent films. Walker is surprisingly good as Brahms, underplaying the part and making it seem at all times authentic.