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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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Carolyn Lee ...
Aunt Phoebe Cobb
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Louey (as Rochester)
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Blackie
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Wolf (as Horace MacMahon)
Ruby Elzy ...
Ruby
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Pepper
Danny Beck ...
Deek
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Perry Botkin Sr. ...
Leo (as Perry Botkin)
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Henri Lambert
Harry Rosenthal ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Sinfonia B├írbara  »

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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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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 13, 1943 with Bing Crosby reprising his film role. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie
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Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by 'Andrew Sterling (II)'
Sung by Bing Crosby and 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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