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Pete Kelly's Blues -- In the 1920s, a small band playing the speakeasies has trouble when a racketeer decides he's going into the agency business and wants a cut from the band.

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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 »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Music and gangsters collide in the roaring 20's. See more (33 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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Color (WarnerColor)
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:
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 »
Quotes:
Ivy Conrad:What are you doing?
Pete Kelly:Making tea.
Ivy Conrad:Could I have some?
Pete Kelly:You won't like it. I'm using water.
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Soundtrack:
Sing a RainbowSee more »

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Music and gangsters collide in the roaring 20's., 4 February 2002
Author: Mickey-2 from Front Royal, VA

"Pete Kelly's Blues" gave Jack Webb a chance to direct and star in this film that compliments his close, tight, factual emphasis on the characters and the story. It's a no-nonsense film that combines some good musical moments with the times of the roaring 20's, when the gangs were determined to make money in every venture, or cause the venture to cease to exist. Such is the situation for Pete Kelly and his jazz band.

Kelly, played by Webb, enjoys the fact that his band can pretty much come and go as they see fit, perform, collect their fees, and move on to other clubs, other towns. They are good at what they do, and a local gangster, played to the hilt by Edmond O'Brien, sees a chance to move in. He tells Kelly that the band must allow his new girl a chance to perform, plus give him a sizable cut of their appearance money. The singer, played by Peggy Lee, just wants to get a start in show business, and O'Brien wants to control her start on a career. The film moves to an eventual expected climax, but the ending for Peggy Lee is not a happy one.

The cast included Janet Leigh, Andy Devine, Lee Marvin (a good guy role), and Ella Fitzgerald, who contributed some moving tunes in her own special style. Peggy Lee did garner an Oscar for best supporting actress, and it was deserved.

A film piece that deserves more than one chance viewing.

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