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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 ...
Countess
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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Wife's Other John
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a jazz musician (bobby darin) compromises his values for a pretty blonde (stella stevens)
20 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This may be the best movie ever made about jazz, at least by a mainstream Hollywood company. John Cassavetes had not yet dropped out of the L.A. scene to write and direct his own indie movies, and Too Late Blues represents one of his final attempts to try and do something different and ofbeat within the framework of The Big Time of movie-making. He pretty much pulls it off, with only one problem - because he and the film company refused to pull any punches, and offered a realistic rather than a romantic portrait of the jazz scene, what they ended up with was a pretty fine movie that was so totally depressing, no one wanted to go see it. Bobby Darin, just then trying to kick off a movie career a la his idol frank sinatra, plays the lead, "Ghost," a talented jazz musician with a fine band that just might make waves as they refuse to compromise for commercial success. Then Bobby meets a depressed but gorgeous young blonde (Stella Stevens, the most underrated actress of her generation) and shortly will do everything and anything he needs to do to win her. She's no simple femme fatale, though, and the full dimensionality of her character is essential to why the film clicks - in a notably downbeat way. As Bobby must choose between getting the girl or getting the gigs, he faces the great threat of every artist, jazz or otherwise. The mood and atmosphere is vivid, convincing, memorable in a noir kind of way. Catch this if you want quality - but not if you want some easy going escapism.


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