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New Orleans (1947)

Approved | | Music, Romance | 18 April 1947 (USA)
A gambling hall owner relocates from New Orleans to Chicago and entertains his patrons with hot jazz by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman, and others.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Duquesne (as Arturo De Cordova)
Miralee Smith
Grace Voiselle
Mrs. Rutledge Smith
Colonel McArdle
Richard Hageman ...
Henry Ferber
Biff Lewis
Bert Conway ...
Tommy Lake
Joan Blair ...
Constance Vigil
John Canady ...
Undetermined Secondary Role
Louis Armstrong and His Band ...
Woody Herman and His Orchestra
Louis Armstrong (as Original New Orleans Ragtime Band)
Zutty Singleton ...
Drummer (as Original New Orleans Ragtime Band)


A gambling hall owner relocates from New Orleans to Chicago and entertains his patrons with hot jazz by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman, and others.

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It's the Lowdown of Wicked Old Basin Street! And the Music That Made It Wicked!


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18 April 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cidade do Jazz  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the first scene there is a shot of Basin Street, and the year 1917. We hear West End Blues playing, which was not recorded until 1928. See more »


Edited into Billie Holiday: The Ultimate Collection (2005) See more »


Beale Street Blues
Written by W.C. Handy
Possibly played instrumentally or cut from the movie
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terrible acting; great music
23 January 2005 | by (baton rouge, la) – See all my reviews

I just saw this in January, 2005 so this is a different view. It's difficult to know how professional movie people wouldn't know this is a terribly acted movie. DeCordova reprises his previously cardboard acting although he has something, but it doesn't come out. But the music of Armstrong, Holliday, and Herman etc. is magnificent. It surely is worth the time just to revel in the 1947 jazz. Bad acting doesn't destroy the movie. Wonder what happened to all those actors. It must have been the directing for all to be so bland. I think the attempt is to make this an epic picture showing the intrusion of jazz into classical music. The voice sync with the singer is also poor enough to be disturbing to the viewer. Dorothy Patrick is lovely but apparently not a singer. It's fun to see many old character actors that I knew by looks but couldn't remember their names. I'm sorry DeCordova didn't work out because I liked him in "Frenchman's Creek."

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