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A tribute to jazz diva Anita O'Day, completed just weeks before her death in November 2006. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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DVD Playhouse--July 2009
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 14 July 2009, 12:00 PM, PDT)

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A hard life but a fascinating journey See more (9 total) »

Cast

 

Louis Armstrong ... Himself (archive footage)

Buddy Bregman ... Himself

Dick Cavett ... Himself (archive footage)
Leonard Feather ... Himself
Will Friedwald ... Himself
Johnny Mandel ... Himself

John Cameron Mitchell ... Himself
Anita O'Day ... Herself
John Poole ... Himself (archive footage)

Annie Ross ... Herself
George Wein ... Himself

Margaret Whiting ... Herself
Gerald Wilson ... Himself

Directed by
Robbie Cavolina 
Ian McCrudden 
 
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Robbie Cavolina  and
Ian McCrudden 

Produced by
Robbie Cavolina .... producer
Melissa Davis .... producer
Ian McCrudden .... producer
Nancy Fields O'Connor .... executive producer
 
Film Editing by
Robbie Cavolina 
Ian McCrudden 
 
Art Direction by
Robbie Cavolina 
 
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Jason Fabbro .... digital intermediate colorist
Marc Jozefowicz .... assistant editor
Gene Mendoza .... color timer
 
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Alan Eichler .... film footage
Sara Monacelli .... sales promotion manager
 

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The clips of Anita O'Day performing as a band singer for Gene Krupa and Stan Kenton come from "Soundies", three-minute music videos filmed during the 1940's for playback on a "Panoram", a video jukebox that projected the film onto a window-like screen. Many top musicians of the period, including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Liberace (who made his film debut on one) made "Soundies".See more »
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Factual errors: In one of the interview clips, Anita O'Day says that composer-arranger Gary McFarland died soon after the release of the album they made together, "All the Sad Young Men." McFarland actually lived another 10 years after the 1961 release of his record with O'Day, and died on November 2, 1971.See more »
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Features Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)See more »

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A hard life but a fascinating journey, 13 May 2013
Author: jjnxn-1 from United States

Fascinating documentary on a great jazz singer who should be more well known. It was a tough life for Anita but the pluck which saw her through many hard times, some admittedly of her own making, is showcased front and center by reminiscences from the lady herself and backed by the people who either knew her when or admire her now. The documentary gives a sense of what kind of life was lived on the road by musicians when communities were scattered and touring was truly done in beat-up old buses and the sense of rootlessness that engendered. Some wonderful performances are highlighted and some terrific tales told of a certain kind of entertainment that is hard to find today.

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