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Birth of the Blues (1941)

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Jeff grows up near Basin Street in New Orleans, playing his clarinet with the dock workers. He puts together a band, the Basin Street Hot-Shots, which includes a cornet player, Memphis. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Memphis
Carolyn Lee ...
Aunt Phoebe Cobb
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Louey (as Rochester)
J. Carrol Naish ...
Blackie
Warren Hymer ...
Limpy
Horace McMahon ...
Wolf (as Horace MacMahon)
Ruby Elzy ...
Ruby
Jack Teagarden ...
Pepper
Danny Beck ...
Deek
Harry Barris ...
Suds
Perry Botkin Sr. ...
Leo (as Perry Botkin)
Minor Watson ...
Henri Lambert
Harry Rosenthal ...
Piano Player
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Storyline

Jeff grows up near Basin Street in New Orleans, playing his clarinet with the dock workers. He puts together a band, the Basin Street Hot-Shots, which includes a cornet player, Memphis. They struggle to get their jazz music accepted by the cafe society of the city. Betty Lou joins their band as a singer and gets Louie to show her how to do scat singing. Memphis and Jeff both fall in love with Betty Lou. Written by Lisa Grable <grable@unity.ncsu.edu>

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Strike Up The Band ! * Here comes happiness . . . in a merry medley of romance . . . and rhythm !

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Music

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Release Date:

7 November 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sinfonia Bárbara  »

Box Office

Budget:

$857,283 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on the story of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, the New Orleans band that brought jazz and blues to national prominence in 1915-1917. Bing Crosby's character, Jeff Lambert, is based on clarinetist Alcide "Yellow" Nunez, the founder of the band. The cornetist, Memphis (Brian Donlevy), is based on the band's arrogant cornetist, Nick La Rocca. Trombonist Jack Teagarden, who appears in the film, was a member of the band for a time in the 1920's. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Night Court: The Blues of the Birth (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Waiting at the Church
(uncredited)
Music by Henry E. Pether
Lyrics by Fred W. Leigh
Performed by Mary Martin
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What a voice she had!
14 October 2002 | by (Santa Maria, CA) – See all my reviews

Mary Martin, was a real favorite and got her Hollywood start singing "Daddy" in Cole Porter's Night and Day". 1941. This film enjoyed the talents of Eddie (Rochester), Jack Teagarden (who sang with Tommy Dorsey's orchestra, and my favorite male vocalist, Bing Crosby. Crosby and Martin were so good together, and make you feel like hopping dancing and singing lively with them. It's a pleasure to reminisce about these great musical films.


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