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Release Date:
31 July 1955 (USA) See more »
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A jazz-man of the wide-open '20s - caught in the crossfire of its blazing .38s! See more »
Plot:
In 1927 Kansas City Pete Kelly and his jazz band play nightly at a speakeasy. A local gangster starts... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Webb ... Pete Kelly

Janet Leigh ... Ivy Conrad

Edmond O'Brien ... Fran McCarg

Peggy Lee ... Rose Hopkins

Andy Devine ... George Tenell

Lee Marvin ... Al Gannaway

Ella Fitzgerald ... Maggie Jackson

Martin Milner ... Joey Firestone
Than Wyenn ... Rudy Shulak
Herbert Ellis ... Bedido (as Herb Ellis)
John Dennis ... Guy Bettenhouser

Jayne Mansfield ... Cigarette Girl
Mort Marshall ... Cootie Jacobs
Moe Schneider ... Band member (Big 7)
George Van Eps ... Guitarist (Big 7)
Ray Sherman ... Band member (Big 7)
Matty Matlock ... Band member (Big 7)
Eddie Miller ... Band member (Big 7)
Nick Fatool ... Drummer (Big 7)
Jud De Naut ... Bassist (Big 7)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Abney ... Piano Player (uncredited)
Perry Bodkin ... Tuxedo Band Member (uncredited)

Nesdon Booth ... Squat Henchman (uncredited)
Teddy Buckner ... Cornet Soloist (uncredited)
Dick Cathcart ... Trumpet Player / Webb's Cornet Double (uncredited)
Harper Goff ... Tuxedo Band Banjo Player (uncredited)
Jester Hairston ... Mourner, Pre-Credit Sequence (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Drunk in Speakeasy (uncredited)
William Lazeras ... Dako (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Argumentative Husband in Speakeasy (uncredited)

Harry Morgan ... (uncredited)
'Snub' Pollard ... Waiter (uncredited)
Herman S. Saunders ... Pianist at Jazz Club (uncredited)
Joe Venuti ... Tuxedo Band Member (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jack Webb 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard L. Breen 

Produced by
Jack Webb .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Ray Heindorf (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson  (as Hal Rosson)
 
Film Editing by
Robert M. Leeds 
 
Production Design by
Harper Goff 
 
Art Direction by
Feild M. Gray  (as Feild Gray)
 
Set Decoration by
John Sturtevant 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Stanley E. Campbell .... makeup artist (as Stanley Campbell)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry D'Arcy .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Leslie G. Hewitt .... sound
Dolph Thomas .... sound
 
Stunts
Helen Thurston .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Potevin .... chief set electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gene Martin .... wardrober
 
Music Department
Matty Matlock .... music arranger: Pete Kelly's Big 7
Teddy Buckner .... musician: cornet (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musican: drums (uncredited)
Frank Comstock .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harry B. Friedman .... publicist (uncredited)
William Guthrie .... location chief (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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Color (Warnercolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
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4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints) | Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)
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Trivia:
Jack Webb actually knew how to play the cornet. He loved jazz music and, as a boy, was given a cornet by a musician who lived near his home. While he never truly mastered the instrument he knew it well enough that his handling and fingering of the cornet in this movie is accurate.See more »
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
All That Jazz, 4 November 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

Jack Webb takes up the trumpet and takes on local gangsters in this colorful if at times somewhat peculiar movie about jazz musicians in the Kansas City of the Roaring Twenties. The story is disappointingly shallow and by-the-numbers, but there's some great music and songs from, among others, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald, courtesy of Ray Heindorf and Sammy Cahn.

Webb was a strange case. A true pioneer of early television production, and in his way a true innovator, he made a virtue out of impassivity. He directs this one with more energy than his TV shows, but the dryness and apathy are still there. When he's dealing with conventional players, like Martin Milner, it's like he's directing himself. But when he's got a live wire, like Lee Marvin, who has a colorful supporting role in this one, or Andy Devine, who has an offbeat one, he seems almost to have the makings of an American Fellini. Deep down, I suspect, that Webb really loved crazy people. He just didn't know how to show it.

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