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3 March 1966 (Netherlands) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ray Charles ... Himself

Tom Bell ... Steve Collins
Mary Peach ... Peggy Harrison

Dawn Addams ... Gina Graham
Piers Bishop ... David
Betty McDowall ... Mrs. Babbidge
Lucy Appleby ... Margaret
Joe Adams ... Fred
Robert Lee Ross ... Duke Wade
Anne Padwick ... Bus Conductress
Monika Henreid ... Antonia
Brendan Agnew ... Antonia's protector
Vernon Hayden ... Headmaster
Leo McCabe ... Doctor Leger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Raelettes ... Themselves

Directed by
Paul Henreid 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Henreid  story
Burton Wohl 

Produced by
Herman Blaser .... producer
Alexander Salkind .... executive producer
Michael Salkind .... executive producer (as Miguel Salkind)
Cinematography by
Robert Huke  (as Bob Huke)
Film Editing by
Raymond Poulton 
Art Direction by
Lionel Couch 
Makeup Department
Henry Montsash .... hair stylist (as H. Montsash)
George Partleton .... hair stylist
Production Management
R.L.M. Davidson .... production manager
Wilfred Eades .... production supervisor (as Wilfrid Eades)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stuart Freeman .... assistant director
Alex Carver-Hill .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Nigel Watts .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Tony Curtis .... draughtsman
John Poyner .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Aldred .... sound recordist
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist
Jim Shields .... dubbing editor (as James Shields)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronnie Taylor .... camera operator (as Ron Taylor)
Ray Andrew .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Peter Hurst .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ronnie Maasz .... camera operator (uncredited)
Simon Ransley .... focus puller (uncredited)
Stephen Smith .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
John Lee .... assistant editor
Location Management
Derek Parr .... location manager
Music Department
Stanley Black .... composer: additional music
Ray Charles .... musical director
Other crew
Eileen Head .... continuity
Alexander Salkind .... presenter

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Blues for Lovers" - USA (alternative title)
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USA:89 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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This was shot under the title " Light out of Darkness ".See more »
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Only for Ray Charles fans, 5 March 2017
Author: malcolmgsw from london

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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