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Blues in the Night (1941)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  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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Ginger 'Character' Powell
Betty Field ...
Kay Grant
Richard Whorf ...
Jigger Pine
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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 dancing with drunk
Herbert Heywood ...
Brakeman
George Lloyd ...
Joe (St. Louis cafe owner)
Charles C. Wilson ...
Barney (as Charles Wilson)
Matt McHugh ...
Drunk
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Storyline

"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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SWEET HOT and LOW-DOWN! (original print media ad - mostly caps) See more »


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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Garfield turned down the role of Jigger Pine. In Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943), Mr. Garfield would parody the already classic, Oscar-nominated song for 1941, "Blues in the Night" (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer). 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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Soundtracks

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
(uncredited)
Music by Nat Vincent, James Kendis and James Brockman
Lyrics by John W. Kellette (1919)
Sung a cappella by Matt McHugh
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A neglected near-masterpiece
9 October 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Everybody's heard of this movie because of the famous title song, but almost nobody's ever seen it. It defies genre classification -- both a musical drama and a sort of missing link between the Warners gangster movies of the 1930s (mugs, molls, and rat-a-tat dialogue) and 1940s film noir (femme fatale, dark shadows, smoky atmosphere, seamy underside of life). It's a genuine one-of-a-kind movie that deserves to be much better remembered than it is.

However, one commenter here needs to refresh his memory; BLUES IN THE NIGHT has nothing whatever to do with the career of Jimmy Lunceford or any other famous musician of the period. It's about a small jazz combo, not a big band, and they begin and end the movie as obscure journeymen living from hand to mouth between gigs.


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