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Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)

In 1927, a Kansas City, Missouri cornet player and his band perform nightly at a seedy speakeasy until a racketeer tries to extort them in exchange for protection.

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Fran McCarg
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Rose Hopkins
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George Tenell
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Al Gannaway
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Maggie Jackson
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Joey Firestone
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Rudy Shulak
Herbert Ellis ...
Bedido (as Herb Ellis)
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Guy Bettenhouser
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Cigarette Girl
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Cootie Jacobs
Moe Schneider ...
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Music

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31 July 1955 (USA)  »

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Es geschah in einer Nacht  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints)| (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The release date above lists 31 July 1955, yet in a special episode of "Colgate Variety Hour" (24 July 1955) devoted to this film, Jack Webb emphasizes, complete with a written out sign, the date August 1, 1955 is the big day. See more »

Quotes

Ivy Conrad: You don't want to get married Pete; unless you find a girl that looks like a cornet. I'm short three valves. I might as well pack up an move someplace else.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Sing a Rainbow
Written by Arthur Hamilton
Sung by Peggy Lee
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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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