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Birth of the Blues (1941)

 -  Music  -  7 November 1941 (USA)
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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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Jeff Lambert
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Betty Lou Cobb
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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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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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7 November 1941 (USA)  »

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Birth of the Blues  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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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Birth of the Blues
21 September 2002 | by (Santa Maria, CA) – See all my reviews

Another of Der Bingle favorites with Mary Martin; wow, how I loved her; her heart really sang to Daddy. I haven't seen it for some years, but I do have it on VHS which I recorded. I have over 1000 recorded VHS movies all in the garage, so now that I am retired, I have time to look at some now and then. This also has Crosby singing with Louis Armstrong.


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