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Birth of the Blues (1941)

Approved | | Music | 7 November 1941 (USA)
Jeff grows up near Basin Street in New Orleans, playing his clarinet with the dock workers. He puts together a band, the Basin Street Hot-Shots, which includes a cornet player, Memphis. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jeff Lambert
... Betty Lou Cobb
... Memphis
... Aunt Phoebe Cobb
... Louey (as Rochester)
... Blackie
... Limpy
... Wolf (as Horace MacMahon)
Ruby Elzy ... Ruby
... Pepper
Danny Beck ... Deek
... Suds
Perry Botkin Sr. ... Leo (as Perry Botkin)
... Henri Lambert
Harry Rosenthal ... Piano Player
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Jeff grows up near Basin Street in New Orleans, playing his clarinet with the dock workers. He puts together a band, the Basin Street Hot-Shots, which includes a cornet player, Memphis. They struggle to get their jazz music accepted by the cafe society of the city. Betty Lou joins their band as a singer and gets Louie to show her how to do scat singing. Memphis and Jeff both fall in love with Betty Lou. Written by Lisa Grable <grable@unity.ncsu.edu>

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Strike Up The Band ! * Here comes happiness . . . in a merry medley of romance . . . and rhythm ! See more »

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7 November 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sinfonia Bárbara  »

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$857,283 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 18, 1951 with Bing Crosby again reprising his film role. See more »

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Features The Golden Princess (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie
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Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
Sung by Bing Crosby and Mary Martin
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Birth of the Blues was an enjoyable Bing Crosby vehicle
28 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

I think I saw a clip of this movie when I watched a special on PBS a couple of decades ago called "Remembering Bing", that clip being of Crosby and Mary Martin whistling. Anyway, this was quite entertaining despite the inaccuracies that abounded. In the New Orleans sequence where a bunch of black musicians were playing, it took me awhile to realize that one of them was Mantan Moreland with his familiar bug eyes-who I knew was a native of Monroe, Louisiana. Nice color sequence involving slides being shown. One might be put off by some of the violence shown near the end but it did result in a touching scene involving Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. So on that note, I do recommend Birth of the Blues. P.S. Since It's a Wonderful Life is my favorite movie, I do like citing when players from that are in something else. Here, it's Charles Lane, Sarah Edwards, and Lillian Randolph from there who appear here. Oh, and a few decades after this movie, Bing's daughter Mary played a character on "Dallas" who was revealed to have shot Mary Martin's son, Larry Hagman, as J. R. Ewing there.


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