When Henry Blankfort testified at a 9/18/51 HUAC hearing during the McCarthy "Red Scare" period, he was "belligerent and strident" (according to The Hollywood Reporter) and, when mentioning this film, wryly pointed out that the title had nothing to do with politics. See more »
I've never seen the film either but the Esquire Jazz All-stars sequence is over on you tube, just search for Crimson Canary (the Josh White clip is there too) - see the comment there that the musicians actually playing are not the ones that were filmed (sadly enough) ... N --- PS. I guess I might as well duplicate my comments here since IMDb won't let me post a comment under 10 lines: Unfortunately (according to David Meeker's Jazz in the Movies) the featured musicians are not the ones actually playing! The musicians are: Nick Cochrane - trumpet; Eddie Parkers - lead trumpet; Dale Nichols - trombone; Barney Bigard -clnt; King Guion - tenor; Stan Wrightsman - piano; Budd Hatch - bass; Mel Torme - drums. Why the Esquire all-stars weren't good enough to play their own music one can only guess but I suspect it was a licensing or union thing. BTW, the other musicians pictured there besides Howard McGhee, Oscar Pettiford, and Coleman Hawkins are Sir Charles Thompson on piano and Denzil Best on drums ... N
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