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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 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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"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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15 November 1941 (USA)  »

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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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Wait Till it Happens to You
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played on piano by Wallace Ford and Sung by Betty Field
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jazz at The Jungle
18 February 2010 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

A jazz/blues band forms out of St. Louis after the members spend a night together in jail. An interesting travelogue by boxcar ensues as they move through the southern half of the US, the progress seen on a map with the names of a lot of small towns and medium sized cities rather than through their individual gigs. While back in the boxcar again, they meet up with a fugitive who takes a liking to them and gets them a job in New Jersey with the New York skyline beckoning in the distance, in a road house known as The Jungle. The story gets quite interesting. This is not a musical, though it has a lot of music in it. Things really start going over the top with the arrival of Betty Field as Kitty, fugitive Lloyd Nolan's ex-girlfriend, a tough exterior over a brittle interior. With Nolan is Howard DaSilva as his assistant who helps run the place and has plans for Kitty if only he can pull off a major double cross. The band, led by future director Richard Whorf and featuring clarinetist (and future director Elia Kazan) is fairly interesting, though the characters are not that believable. But once they start their extended stay at The Jungle, with DaSilve, Nolan, Field, and Wallace Ford as Brad (another lost soul), it becomes totally unique.


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