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Blues in the Night (1941)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Music  |  15 November 1941 (USA)
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"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powelll, and Nickie Haroyen and Peppi. All of them dedicate themselves to work as a unit... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Betty Field ...
Richard Whorf ...
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Del Davis
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Leo Powell
Wallace Ford ...
Brad Ames (as Wally Ford)
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Nickie Haroyen
Peter Whitney ...
Pete Bossett
Billy Halop ...
Peppi
Howard Da Silva ...
Sam Paryas
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Blonde
Herbert Heywood ...
Brakeman
George Lloyd ...
Joe
Charles C. Wilson ...
Barney (as Charles Wilson)
Matt McHugh ...
Drunk
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"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powelll, and Nickie Haroyen and Peppi. All of them dedicate themselves to work as a unit and to play 'blues' music. The dedication isn't paying off in money and, while riding the rails in a boxcar, they meet and befriend a gangster named Del Davis. He offers them a job at a New Jersey roadhouse, where Powell falls in love with Kay Grant, a former 'real-good friend' of Davis. But when Powell learns that 'Character' is about to have a baby, he returns to her. "Jigger" tries to make Kay the band's singer and, when this fails, runs off with her. She leaves him with nothing to show for him except a nervous breakdown.Back at the roadhouse, after his recovery, Kay shows up, has a quarrel with Davis, shoots and kills him and plans to take back up with "Jigger", who knows better but just can't help himself. While she is waiting in a car for him, along comes cripple Brad Ames, who she put in ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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2 GRAND BANDS! JIMMY LUNCEFORD'S and WILL OSBORNE'S! MUSIC GALORE! (original print media ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

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15 November 1941 (USA)  »

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Hot Nocturne  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

The melody of "The Man That Got Away" was actually written for this film as an up-tempo song called "I Can't Believe My Eyes". Harold Arlen disliked the Johnny Mercer lyric and put it in his trunk unused, only to pull it out years later to give to Ira Gershwin, who wrote a masterful new lyric for A Star Is Born (1954). See more »

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When Brad and Kay crash their car toward the end of the movie, The car looks like a '40 or '41 Buick. The car in the crash is an much older car. See more »

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Referenced in Sucker Punch (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Blues in the Night
(1941)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played during the opening credits
Sung by William Gillespie (uncredited) in jail
Played and sung by blacks during a montage
Reprised often by Richard Whorf (uncredited) at the piano (dubbed by Stan Wrightman) (uncredited)
Used often as background music
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Feverish mix of melodrama and music: A worthy effort . . .
9 September 2000 | by (Cordova, Tn.) – See all my reviews

This fast-moving film is not at all typical of most musicals of the period. Jazz musicians, gangsters, stool pigeons, and canaries populate Anatole Litvak's interesting -- and little seen -- story of a pianist who tragically attempts to transform an off-key singer (Betty Field, over-the-top and enjoyable as all get-out) to replace the pregnant vocalist (Priscilla Lane). All of the performances are interesting (Lloyd Nolan, especially), and the face-off between Lane and Field is worth a look. Highly recommended -- if you can find it.


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