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Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)

 -  Crime | Drama | Music  -  31 July 1955 (USA)
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Fran McCarg
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Rose Hopkins
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George Tenell
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Rudy Shulak
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Guy Bettenhouser
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Cigarette Girl
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Cootie Jacobs
Moe Schneider ...
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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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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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31 July 1955 (USA)  »

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In the office at the bar, a picture of Pres. Warren G Harding is hanging on the wall. See more »

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

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I'm Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now
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Music by Jesse Greer
Lyrics by Benny Davis
Performed by Janet Leigh
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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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