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Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)

 |  Crime, Drama, Music  |  31 July 1955 (USA)
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In 1927 Kansas City Pete Kelly and his jazz band play nightly at a speakeasy. A local gangster starts to move in on them and when their drummer is killed Kelly gives in, even though this also means taking the thug's alcoholic girl as a singer. Kelly soon realises he has made a big mistake selling out in this way and that rich girl Ivy is now the only decent thing in his life. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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It was the jazz-mad wide open '20s-great music, bad booze-and a bullet if you didn't jump for the mob. This is the story of a man who wouldn't jump. See more »


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Release Date:

31 July 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Es geschah in einer Nacht  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints)| (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Supporting actor Martin Milner later played a lead in "Adam-12," a TV series produced by Jack Webb. See more »


Ivy Conrad: What are you doing?
Pete Kelly: Making tea.
Ivy Conrad: Could I have some?
Pete Kelly: You won't like it. I'm using water.
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Referenced in The Colgate Comedy Hour: Episode #5.33 (1955) See more »


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Music by Ted Fio Rito
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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One of Peg's Greatest Moments
22 January 2002 | by (Fords,NJ) – See all my reviews

Great Singer, reknowned composer, Peggy lee had a chance to really act and act she did in Pete Kellys Blues earning her an Oscar nomination and many fans...She died today (1/22/02), and the world is a lot less brighter.. This is one of the few glimpses we get to see her in her heydey, beautiful, young and talented... This film should be treasured for that alone plus some fine singing by not only Peg, but the great Ella Fitzgerald... for these reasons alone this flick is worth seeing buying and reissuing/ contrived maybe, poorly directed possibly but to see Peggy Lee on film singing and emoting, and earning an Oscar nom., that alone is worth the price/ also look for an ingenue, Jayne mansfield in the chorus... thank you Jack Webb also

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