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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 ... See full summary »

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Rev. Charles Handy
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Will Handy as a boy
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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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 »

Soundtracks

Morning Star
Music by W.C. Handy
New lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Nat 'King' Cole
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A terrific cast and theme.
8 July 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

A terrific cast, which depicted Southern Black religious traditions and values versus changing times for true opportunity (in the early days). It's a heartfelt movie suitable for the entire family, and should be a suggested viewing in school (if not already).


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