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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 ...
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
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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They make music by day! They live it by night! (Poster). 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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Trivia

Film debut (uncredited, as a jitterbug dancer) of Faith Domergue. 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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I Got Rhythm
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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Good B Musical/ Drama
10 October 2011 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Some viewers feel this is a Noir Musical, but to me it just didn't have the feel of a Noir film. The best I can do for it is to call it a musical melodrama, and a good one at that. A refreshing change from musical comedies, this one has some very recognizable actors from Hollywood's Golden Age, including Priscilla Lane, Lloyd Nolan, Jack Carson and Wallace Ford. The nominal star of the picture is a not-so-recognizable name, Richard Whorf, perhaps best known for playing Sam Harris, James Cagney's song writing partner in "Yankee Doodle Dandy". You can also see a youthful Elia Kazan, before he became more famous as a director.

"Blues In The Night" has some excellent musical numbers, especially for jazz fans, and you can get a rare look at Jimmy Lunceford and his band, who were riding a wave of popularity about this time. But the number I liked best was "This Time The Dream's On Me", sung by Priscilla Lane (unless she was dubbed), the 'band canary' for the group.

There is very little down time here as director Litvak keeps the picture moving at a good clip. Despite a few illogical instances the film is very interesting; I think you can use the word absorbing and not go wrong. If you like musicals and 'almost-noir', I would recommend this picture. It makes you wish they made many more in the same vein, but they don't make this kind of movie anymore - not in a long time.


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