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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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Little Bit Of This, Little Bit Of That...... See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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.
Little Bit Of This, Little Bit Of That......, 19 August 2008
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This movie was a bit unusual because it starts off strictly like a musical the first 20 minutes. It had me puzzled; I didn't think I had rented a musical. Well, it wasn't, as it turned out, even though music was a central element in the story. The rest of the film was a combination of drama, film noir and melodrama. At least that's the way I saw it and, yeah, I was glad to see IMDb confirm my description when I got to the title page here to post the review.

The only time the movie bogged down was when it became a little too melodramatic in a few spots. Betty Field ("Kay" )was usually in those scenes, playing a woman with a chip on her shoulder. As I watched her, I thought, "Wow, this woman is tailor-made for film noirs. She could have been another Marie Windsor." Sadly, she wasn't, but she was in a good number of movie and television shows. Still, I think noir would have been the best vehicle for her.

Priscilla Lane plays the female opposite: the wholesome-looking good gal ("Character") who just wants the band to click and for everybody to be happy. Heck, that's what the band in general wants, but "Jigger" is the guy who keeps putting a monkey-wrench into the deal and seems to be the band member whom everyone looks to for leadership.

Richard Worf plays "Jigger," and he's so-so as an actor. The fact he never made it big is understandable. There's a smoothness to his delivery that's missing. His changed his career from acting to directing in 1945 and did better at that. Obviously the same can be said for another member of the band in this story: "Nickie," played by Elia Kazan, who classic film fans know as a very famous director.

When all is said-and-done, actors Lane and Lloyd Nolan ("Del") seemed to be the most "real" in this film, and those two were the ones who had the best careers of this cast, particularly Nolan. Jack Carson and Howard da Silva are also in this movie and they're "known" actors, too.

My favorite part of the movie was a very short scene with about 15 minutes left with "Jigger" was in the hospital and he was hallucinating. The innovative camera-work was terrific, right out of Dali painting. Kudos to director Anatole Litvak for some good closeup shots and interesting camera angles and use of light, in that scene and others in the film. This movie is very well photographed. Ernie Haller was the cinematographer. Haller's resume includes some very famous films.

The odd mix of genres makes this intriguing movie I'm glad I checked out, and I recommended to fellow classic film fans.

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