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Birth of the Blues (1941)

Approved | | Music | 7 November 1941 (USA)
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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Blackie
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Wolf (as Horace MacMahon)
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Leo (as Perry Botkin)
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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 ! See more »

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7 November 1941 (USA)  »

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Sinfonia Bárbara  »

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

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial telecast took place in Phoenix 6 February 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), followed by both Philadelphia and Minneapolis 7 April 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10) and WTCN (Channel 11), by Milwaukee 6 September 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Omaha 26 October 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), and by Johnstown 25 November 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6). It was released on DVD 6 May 2003, in tandem with Blue Skies (1946), as part of Universal's Bing Crosby Collection, and again 11 November 2014 as one of 24 titles in Universal's Bing Crosby Silver Screen Collection. See more »

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Waiting at the Church
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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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