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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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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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15 November 1941 (USA)  »

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Hot Nocturne  »

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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

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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Little Big Band
31 October 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Jazz pianist Richard Whorf (as "Jigger" Pine) puts together a swinging 1940s band, with handsome young Billy Halop (as Peppi) on drums, law student Elia Kazan (as Nickie) playing clarinet, and cell-mate Peter Whitney (as Pete) handling the bass fiddle. In New Orleans, the quintet adds trumpeter Jack Carson (as Leo) and his pretty girl singer wife Priscilla Lane (as "Character"). The band is a hit, as managed by enterprising Lloyd Nolan (as Del Davis). But, trouble reigns as Mr. Nolan supplements nightclub success with a gambling racket, and involves sexy femme fatale Betty Field (as Kay Grant) with the group.

This adaptation of the jazzy play "Hot Nocturne" is astonishing in a couple of ways. The film's use of music is exceptional. The original soundtrack songs, by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, are excellent. Sung beautifully in the jail scene by William Gillespie, the title song was a huge "Academy Award"-nominated hit, with Woody Herman's double-sided Decca record "Blues in the Night" (#1) b/w "This Time the Dream's on Me" (#8) outdistancing an unstoppable parade of hit versions.

Dinah Shore, apparently parodied herein, had a million-seller with her "Blues in the Night". Also noteworthy is the film's marvelous use of film montage; there are several striking sequences, put together (presumably) by editor Owen Marks, photographer Ernie Haller, and director Anatole Litvak. You'll know them when you see them. However, the two future directors in the cast (Whorf and Kazan) don't always come across very well, and Mr. Litvak doesn't really get the performances possible from several in the cast. While other characterizations are curiously lacking, Nolan and Ms. Field make the most of their parts.

******* Blues in the Night (11/15/41) Anatole Litvak ~ Richard Whorf, Betty Field, Priscilla Lane, Lloyd Nolan


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