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Blues in the Night (1941)

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

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Brad Ames (as Wally Ford)
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Nickie Haroyen
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Pete Bossett
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"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powell, 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 that... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Tuesday 11 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Los Angeles Thursday 8 November 1956 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Salt Lake City Friday 21 December 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2), and in Cincinnati Saturday 2 March 1957 on WKRC (Channel 12). 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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Brad Ames: Before it's too late, get her out of your system.
Jigger Pine: I don't think I can. I just don't think I can.
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Referenced in Sucker Punch (2011) See more »

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Says Who? Says You, Says I
(1941)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played by Will Osborne's Orchestra (uncredited) with Richard Whorf (uncredited) at the piano and (dubbed by Stan Wrightman (uncredited))
Sung by Mabel Todd (uncredited) and an unidentified quartet
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A neglected near-masterpiece
9 October 2005 | by 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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