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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
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While the 85-year-old W.C. Handy served as a consultant on this film, he never lived to see it open. See more »
Late in the movie, Gogo runs into Elizabeth and explains she was just passing through St. Louis. The Hanleys live in Memphis. See more »
That's right, Reverend. Stick to your guns. You stick to them because, after all, prejudice is a time saver.
Rev. Charles Handy:
I... I beg your pardon?
Well, a busy man like you: You can form an opinion without wasting time bothering about facts.
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I just watched this film after having recorded it with my DVR. I have a 64" TV. Wow!!!! If you can get the opportunity to see this film on a larger screen with a decent sound system, do it. I'll bet a lot of the wonderful aspects of this film are lost on a small screen.
First of all, in my opinion, the story line is just a frame to serve up the songs. Eartha Kitt is unbelievable in this film! She is gorgeous, sexy, absolutely delicious in the divine gowns she wears, has tons of character and personality, and sings like a diva. She played her racy character to the hilt in this and stole the show. Nat King Cole was, as always, smooth as silk on piano and vocals. Then to get the added treat of seeing Pearl Bailey, Mahalia Jackson, Ruby Dee, Cab Calloway and a host of extraordinarily talented blues musicians just made my day. There is even a shot of Nat King Cole gazing in to an open doorway and listening to Ella Fitzgerald!
This is a film in which the talent is so extraordinary, the songs so incredible, that it doesn't really matter whether Nat King Cole was a little shy. You'll be so blown away by the excellent music that you won't care whether the story line is well told or whether it is true - who cares? The opportunity to see this group of musicians is worth every minute of your time. That is, if you really love great blues music and talent.
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