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Director:
Writers:
Edwin Gilbert (from a play by)
Robert Rossen (screen play)
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Release Date:
15 November 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Good B Musical/ Drama See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Priscilla Lane ... Character
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
Herbert Heywood ... Brakeman
George Lloyd ... Joe
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)

Directed by
Anatole Litvak 
 
Writing credits
Edwin Gilbert (from a play by)

Robert Rossen (screen play)

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 (director of photography) (as Ernie Haller)
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks (film editor)
 
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 (as Everett A. Brown)
 
Stunts
Buster Wiles .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Don Siegel .... montages
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... orchestral arrangements
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.- First National Picture)
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
88 min
Country:
Language:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Film debut (uncredited, as a jitterbug dancer) of Faith Domergue.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 Got RhythmSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Good B Musical/ Drama, 10 October 2011
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

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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