IMDb > Blues in the Night (1941)
Blues in the Night
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Blues in the Night (1941) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 3 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.9/10   654 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 44% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Edwin Gilbert (from a play by)
Robert Rossen (screen play)
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Blues in the Night on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Blues in the Night *** Well Paced, Fast Action 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)
DistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
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:
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 »
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 »
Quotes:
Del Davis:You're just like me, Kay. You want what you can't have.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sucker Punch (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
In WaikikiSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Blues in the Night *** Well Paced, Fast Action, 15 November 2007
Author: edwagreen from United States

Interesting film by director Anatole Litvak creating film-noir with a musical.

Two future excellent directors, Richard Whorf, who bore a strong resemblance to Robert Taylor, and Elia Kazan star. Kazan was also in Litvak's 1940 film "City for Conquest."

The picture has an excellent cast. A group of musicians led by Jigger (Whorf) meet up with gangster Lloyd Nolan while hitching a ride on a train. Nolan likes them when they don't turn him in despite the fact that he holds them up for $5.00!

He brings them to a Road House where the group perform. We have some great musical settings here and the various montage depiction is excellent.

The film is extremely well paced. There is never a dull moment. He moves beautifully from film noir to musical and back to film noir again.

In addition, there is a terrific performance by Bette Field as a Road House girl in love with Nolan, who spurns her. Whorf is hopelessly in love with her and her rejection of him leads to his mental breakdown. How ironic that 16 years after this film, Nolan and Field both appeared in the 1957 film "Peyton Place" but had no scenes together. Field is both catty and quite vicious in this film. It's her viciousness that shall prove to be her undoing.

Jack Carson toots his horn and is wed in the film to Priscilla Lane. One major flaw of the film is their lack of emotional outburst when it is revealed that their baby boy has died.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (26 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Blues in the Night (1941)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
What is it with the fake suntans? greavill
Music blissfilm
Released on vhs or dvd anywhere???? nitestar95
If only John Garfield had not turned down the role of Jigger!!! kelkyl
Jigger Jigger Jigger fithen
Who was the blonde novelty singer with another band? mapsnmad
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Galloping Ghost King of Chinatown Midnight Court Bank Alarm Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc.
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.