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Ballad in Blue (1965)

Ray Charles attempts to help a down-on-their-luck boozing family whose son is blind. He wants to finance the recovery of his eye-sight, but the family is afraid what might happen if something goes wrong.

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Himself
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Mary Peach ...
Peggy Harrison
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Gina Graham
Piers Bishop ...
David
Betty McDowall ...
Mrs. Babbidge
Lucy Appleby ...
Margaret
Joe Adams ...
Fred
Robert Lee Ross ...
Anne Padwick ...
Bus Conductress
Monika Henreid ...
Antonia
Brendan Agnew ...
Antonia's protector
Vernon Hayden ...
Headmaster
Leo McCabe ...
Doctor Leger
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Ray Charles attempts to help a down-on-their-luck boozing family whose son is blind. He wants to finance the recovery of his eye-sight, but the family is afraid what might happen if something goes wrong.

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3 March 1966 (Netherlands)  »

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Blues for Lovers  »

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Ardmore studios had gone into administration in November 1963, and despite the fact that they were still looking for a new owner, it was opened to accommodate this production. See more »

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Careless Love
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Only for Ray Charles fans
5 March 2017 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This is an example of the musicals of the 60s where pop stars or musicians were featured who weren't really actors so the story has to be fitted around their talents.In this instance the main aspect of Ray Charles featured,apart from his music,is his blindness.A desire to help a blind boy have an operation which might restore his sight.Unfortunately the boy is played by Piers Bishop,in a flat monotone voice.Rather like a speak your weight machine.This becomes extremely grating on the ear.A good part of the film is occupied by Ray Charles in concert.So if you are a fan of his you can ignore the tripe that passes for a story.If you don't it's probably better to fast forward the whole film.


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