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Too Late Blues (1961)

 -  Drama  -  January 1962 (USA)
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Ghost is an idealogical musician who would rather play his blues in the park to the birds than compromise himself. However, when he meets and falls in love with beautiful singer, Jess ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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John 'Ghost' Wakefield
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Jess Polanski
Everett Chambers ...
Benny Flowers
Nick Dennis ...
Nick Bobolenos
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Tommy Sheehan (as Vincent Edwards)
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Milt Frielobe
Marilyn Clark ...
James Joyce ...
Reno Vitelli
Rupert Crosse ...
Baby Jackson
Mario Gallo ...
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Alan Hopkins ...
Skipper Camez (as J. Alan Hopkins)
Cliff Carnell ...
Charlie
Richard Chambers ...
Pete (as Richard O. Chambers)
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Red
Dan Stafford ...
Shelley
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Ghost is an idealogical musician who would rather play his blues in the park to the birds than compromise himself. However, when he meets and falls in love with beautiful singer, Jess Polanski, she comes between him and his band members, and he leaves his dreams behind in search of fame. Written by David Gibson <djg6@ukc.ac.uk>

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The Bold Story Of A Man Caught Between Two Strange Loves!

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January 1962 (USA)  »

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Blues troppo tardivo  »

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$375,000 (estimated)
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Music by David Raksin
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Between experiment and mainstream.
21 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Coming after "shadows" and preceding "a child is waiting" ,"too late blues" is some kind of arithmetic mean between them.Not overtly avant-garde ,but never really mainstream,unlike the 1959 movie ,it has a screenplay and most of the dialogues are not improvised:actually they sometimes seem "carefully" written.

Stella Stevens gives a wistful sad performance ,diametrically opposite to later parts such as those of "girls girls girls" (!)or 'the silencers".Her singing -or that of the singer who dubs her?- looks like a moaning which stunningly blends with the boys' music.

"Too late blues" keeps a rather loose plot,but "a child is waiting "would take its "conventional " side and tighten it up:as a result ,Cassavetes would disown "a child..." and go back to less accessible works such as his debut.


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