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St. Louis Blues (1958)

Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but he can't stay away from the music of the ... See full summary »

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Rev. Charles Handy
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Will Handy as a boy
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Aunt Hagar
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Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but he can't stay away from the music of the streets and workers. After he writes a theme song for a local politician, Gogo, a speakeasy singer, convinces Will to be her accompanist. Will is estranged from his father for many years while he writes and publishes many blues songs. At last the family is reunited when Gogo brings them to New York to see Will's music played by a symphony orchestra. Written by Lisa Grable <grable@unity.ncsu.edu>

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The glitter and glory story of the man whose rhythm and blues beat became all America's heartbeat!

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Biography | Drama | Music

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7 April 1958 (USA)  »

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Lamento Negro  »

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W.C. Handy's first successful composition was "Memphis Blues" but, because the producers couldn't obtain the rights to the song, his first successful song was presented in the film as being "Yellow Dog Blues", actually written several years later, after Handy had established himself. See more »

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Late in the movie, Gogo runs into Elizabeth and explains she was just passing through St. Louis. The Hanleys live in Memphis. See more »

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Gogo Germaine: You're about to hear some facts Reverend.
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Referenced in An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997) See more »

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Steal Away To Jesus
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Sung by Mahalia Jackson and chorus
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"...I got the St. Louis Blues..."
6 June 2004 | by (Maryland/Florida) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. And it was really nice seeing my all-time favorite singer, Mahalia Jackson, use her acting skills. Also, Pearl Bailey was very funny in this film- the protective aunt, as I would call her. Eartha Kitt was great and very believable- she really played the part! Nat "King" Cole, to me, still seemed a little shy on camera, but I was told that he was a shy individual. Young Billy Preston did very well with his acting and he "tore up" that organ- as he is already known for doing. There just aren't any words that I can use to describe my feelings for this video, except for it's awesome, great, and fantastic!

I give it an A+++


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