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Release Date:
15 November 1941 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
SWEET HOT and LOW-DOWN! (original print media ad - mostly caps) See more »
Plot:
"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powelll... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Film Noir meets Jazz See more (26 total) »

Cast

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Priscilla Lane ... Ginger 'Character' Powell
Betty Field ... Kay Grant
Richard Whorf ... Jigger Pine

Lloyd Nolan ... Del Davis

Jack Carson ... Leo Powell
Wallace Ford ... Brad Ames (as Wally Ford)

Elia Kazan ... Nickie Haroyen
Peter Whitney ... Pete Bossett
Billy Halop ... Peppi
Howard Da Silva ... Sam Paryas

Joyce Compton ... Blonde dancing with drunk
Herbert Heywood ... Brakeman
George Lloyd ... Joe (St. Louis cafe owner)
Charles C. Wilson ... Barney (as Charles Wilson)
Matt McHugh ... Drunk
Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra ... A Barnstorming Band (as Jimmy Lunceford and His Band)
Will Osborne's Orchestra ... Guy Heiser's Band (as Will Osborne and His Band)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William 'Bill' Phillips ... (scenes deleted)
Jean Ames ... Jitterbug (uncredited)
Leah Baird ... Nurse (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Policeman in Patrol Car (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Man #2 Sitting with Kay (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Black Prisoner #3 in Cell (uncredited)
John Dilson ... Dr. Morse (uncredited)

Faith Domergue ... Jitterbug (uncredited)
Roland Drew ... Gambler Letting Kay Throw Dice (uncredited)
Ann Edmonds ... Woman Waiting for Telephone Booth (uncredited)
Faye Emerson ... Dr. Morse's Nurse (uncredited)
William Gillespie ... Baritone Singer in Jail Cell (uncredited)
David Gorcey ... Jitterbug (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Del's Henchman #2 (uncredited)
Eddie Graham ... Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Drunk Saying, 'OK, Here's Five' (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited)
John Hamilton ... Doctor Treating Jigger (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Bill - Bartender (uncredited)

William Hopper ... Billiard Player (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Man #1 Sitting with Kay (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Drunk Saying, 'It's a Scream' (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Bartender at The Jungle (uncredited)
Jimmie Lunceford ... Barnstorming Band Leader (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Prisoner Saying, 'Pipe Down' (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Gambler Watching Kay Throw Dice (uncredited)
Patrick McVey ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Booking Sergeant (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Croupier (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Jitterbug (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Guard at Police Station (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Napoleon Simpson ... Black Prisoner #2 (uncredited)
Juanita Stark ... Jitterbug (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ... Waiter #2 at The Jungle (uncredited)
Mabel Todd ... Baby Beth Barton - Singer (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Del's Henchman #1 (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Waiter #1 at The Jungle (uncredited)
Ernest Whitman ... Black Prisoner #1 (uncredited)
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Directed by
Anatole Litvak 
 
Writing credits
Edwin Gilbert (play "Hot Nocturne")

Robert Rossen 

Elia Kazan  play "Hot Nocturne" (uncredited)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld  (as H. Roemheld)
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller  (as Ernie Haller)
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks 
 
Art Direction by
Max Parker 
 
Costume Design by
Damon Giffard (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Katz .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Everett Alton Brown .... sound
 
Stunts
Buster Wiles .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Don Siegel .... montage
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... orchestrator
Ray Heindorf .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Archie Rosate .... musician: clarinet solos (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harold Winston .... dialogue director
Edwin Gilbert .... screenplay constructor (uncredited)
'Snookie' Young .... dubbing trumpet: Jack Carson (uncredited)
Frankie Zinzer .... dubbing trumpet: Jack Carson (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #7503)

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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sucker Punch (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm Forever Blowing BubblesSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Film Noir meets Jazz, 12 November 2009
Author: calvinnme from United States

This is a very offbeat kind of film that is not well known. You'll either really love it - I do - or you'll not care for it at all. Anatole Litvak, who directed so many womens' pictures, directs this odd little film that starts out as a kind of "small town band does good" picture, takes a turn into gangster territory, and then gets really dark with a venture into film noir and mental illness. Nobody in this film was a big name at the time, and I get the feeling it was one of those films that Warner's liked to grind out like sausages in the 30's and 40's that just happened to turn out to be rather special. Great performances are turned in from everyone involved, which includes Priscilla Lane as a good girl with depth, Lloyd Nolan as a gangster with a touch of the entrepreneurial and even a bit of a mentor, Jack Carson as a heel with a large bag of excuses for his behavior, Betty Field as the gangster's moll who aspires to be a singer and also ruins men as a hobby, and Richard Whorf as the musician and bandleader who falls for the moll and also into temporary insanity. Also note that future great director Elia Kazan shows up playing a small part as one of the bandmembers.

Released just three weeks before the beginning of World War II, it provides a snapshot of how the Depression and the era of the gangster were receding into memory just as an age of optimism was beginning that would go on hiatus during the war effort, and restart and peak after the war was over. Great atmosphere and great acting - highly recommended.

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