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Pete Kelly's Blues
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Release Date:
31 July 1955 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A jazz-man of the wide-open '20s - caught in the crossfire of its blazing .38s! See more »
Plot:
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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One of the Best, Four Stars, A Solid Ten See more (28 total) »

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)
Jimmie Horan ... Minor Role (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)

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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95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints) | Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)
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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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best, Four Stars, A Solid Ten, 14 September 2002
Author: Kordermamet23 from Atlanta, GA

Very little to say that this movie doesn't say oh so very well. Jack Webb is definitely the Man. Disregard what others say about him being too stiff--how the hell else is someone supposed to get by in this cutthroat business of gangsters and con-men? Webb's stoicism is very much in the tradition of Joe Friday, no doubt about it. But as Pete Kelly, we get to see the tender side that had already been killed off by the daily drudgery of police work in Dragnet. Dig: the sincerity on his face while watching Ella perform. Dig: the do-or-die determination that gets him out of (and into) so many dangerous situations. Webb's performance gives us a hero worth rooting for: sincere, tough, unsentimental, and totally honest: no fakery here, no razzle-dazzle. He just does what he has to do. Enough words. Go see the movie!

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