MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 22,164 this week

St. Louis Blues (1929)

 -  Short | Drama | Music  -  8 September 1929 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 177 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 1 critic

In this all-black cast short, legendary blues singer Bessie Smith finds her gambler lover Jimmy messin' with a pretty, younger woman; he leaves and she sings the blues, with chorus and ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 9999 titles
created 19 Apr 2012
 
a list of 5136 titles
created 11 Jan 2013
 
a list of 612 titles
created 12 Sep 2013
 
a list of 147 titles
created 07 Oct 2013
 
a list of 653 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "St. Louis Blues" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: St. Louis Blues (1929)

St. Louis Blues (1929) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of St. Louis Blues.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Black and Tan (1929)
Drama | Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Duke Ellington in a jazz musical short with a tragic plotline.

Director: Dudley Murphy
Stars: Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Fredi Washington
Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young boy, opressed by his mother, goes on an outing in the country with a social welfare group where he dares to dream of a land where the cares of his ordinary life fade.

Director: Harold M. Shaw
Stars: Martin Fuller, Mrs. William Bechtel, Walter Edwin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Thymiane is a beautiful young girl who is not having a storybook life. Her governess, Elizabeth, is thrown out of her home when she is pregnant, only to be later found drown. That same day,... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Louise Brooks, Josef Rovenský, Fritz Rasp
H2O (1929)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A study on water, the reflections and motions of the liquid that accentuates its ethereality and metallic beauty.

Director: Ralph Steiner
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Arrival in the Bronx is shown with a view from an elevated train as it enters the city. Then follows a montage of sights from the Bronx. Many typical neighborhood activities are shown, along with scenes from many local businesses.

Director: Jay Leyda
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Bessie Smith ...
Bessie - Battered Wife
Jimmy Mordecai ...
Jimmy the Pimp
Isabel Washington ...
Jimmy's Girlfriend
Hall Johnson Choir ...
Choir
Edit

Storyline

In this all-black cast short, legendary blues singer Bessie Smith finds her gambler lover Jimmy messin' with a pretty, younger woman; he leaves and she sings the blues, with chorus and dancers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

QUEEN OF THE BLUES (original poster-all caps)

Genres:

Short | Drama | Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 September 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The St. Louis Blues  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This short film starring Bessie Smith was built around the blues singer's song of the same title. It is the only footage of her in existence. See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Black Entertainment (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

St. Louis Blues
Written by W.C. Handy
Sung by Bessie Smith
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Only film record of Bessie Smith
29 May 2001 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

If you've ever wanted to see the great Bessie Smith perform, this is your one chance--her only film appearance is in this short.

For an early talkie, a lot of things were done right. The wrap-around plot involving the 'no-good boyfriend who done her wrong' is really quite effective, and unnerving, in it's violence. The camerawork in the big bar scene is generally well done, with people passing in front of the camera going about their business. It's obviously a one-take deal, with several cameras recording the action at the same time as three-camera sitcoms do.

But you're left wondering about the stupidity of the director who obviously hid Bessie's mic on the bar, but failed to set up a camera behind the bar! Yes she sings, but we're treated to her backside mostly, with only an occasional glimpse of her profile. You can't really blame that poor thinking on early sound technology.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss St. Louis Blues (1929) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?