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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 ... See full summary »

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Cootie Jacobs
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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A jazz-man of the wide-open '20s - caught in the crossfire of its blazing .38s! See more »

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31 July 1955 (USA)  »

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Es geschah in einer Nacht  »

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Trivia

"Pete Kelly's Blues" was originally a radio series created by Richard L. Breen and starring Jack Webb. It ran on NBC as a summer replacement series from July 4 to September 19, 1951. It later became a short-lived TV series (Pete Kelly's Blues (1959)), produced by Webb. See more »

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Referenced in The Colgate Comedy Hour: Episode #5.33 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Bye Bye Blackbird
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Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by Martin Milner, Lee Marvin & other cast members
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Stiff drama highlighted by great musical performances
5 November 1998 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

This could just as easily be titled 'Joe Friday's Blues'! Webb still has the cop demeanor in this rather routine story of a blues band leader during the 20s. Lord, even the narration is reminiscent of Dragnet. Now, having said all that, how can you not like a movie with a supporting cast of Marvin, Milner, Divine, Leigh, Lee, O'brian, and Fitzgerald? The musical numbers are sensational, and one can detect real admiration on Webb's face when he watches Lee and Ella perform; accordingly, this was Webb's labor of love. Watch for Andy Divine in a role unlike any you've seen him in before.


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