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Blues in the Night (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 November 1941 (USA)
"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powell, and Nickie Haroyen and Peppi. All of them dedicate themselves to work as a unit ... See full summary »

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Edwin Gilbert (from a play by), Robert Rossen (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Priscilla Lane ... Ginger 'Character' Powell
Betty Field ... Kay Grant
Richard Whorf ... Jigger Pine
Lloyd Nolan ... Del Davis
Jack Carson ... Leo Powell
Wallace Ford ... Brad Ames
Elia Kazan ... Nickie Haroyen
Peter Whitney ... Pete Bossett
Billy Halop ... Peppi
Howard Da Silva ... Sam Paryas
Joyce Compton ... Blonde
Herbert Heywood Herbert Heywood ... Train Brakeman
George Lloyd ... Joe - St Louis Cafe Owner
Charles C. Wilson ... Barney (as Charles Wilson)
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Drunk
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Storyline

"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powell, and Nickie Haroyen and Peppi. All of them dedicate themselves to work as a unit and to play 'blues' music. The dedication isn't paying off in money and, while riding the rails in a boxcar, they meet and befriend a gangster named Del Davis. He offers them a job at a New Jersey roadhouse, where Powell falls in love with Kay Grant, a former 'real-good friend' of Davis. But when Powell learns that 'Character' is about to have a baby, he returns to her. "Jigger" tries to make Kay the band's singer and, when this fails, runs off with her. She leaves him with nothing to show for him except a nervous breakdown.Back at the roadhouse, after his recovery, Kay shows up, has a quarrel with Davis, shoots and kills him and plans to take back up with "Jigger", who knows better but just can't help himself. While she is waiting in a car for him, along comes cripple Brad Ames, who she put in that... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

They make music by day! They live it by night! (Poster). See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot Nocturne See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut (uncredited, as a jitterbug dancer) of Faith Domergue. See more »

Goofs

When Jigger and his pals are in St. Louis at the beginning of the film, a fight breaks out in the bar they are playing at the bartender calls the cops. The police car shown responding is clearly marked from the New York Police Deptartment, 18th Precinct. See more »

Quotes

Jigger Pine: [to Character] Remember, kid. Stay in the groove.
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Connections

Spoofed in Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

In Waikiki
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung a cappella by Jack Carson, Peter Whitney and Elia Kazan
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jazz at The Jungle
18 February 2010 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A jazz/blues band forms out of St. Louis after the members spend a night together in jail. An interesting travelogue by boxcar ensues as they move through the southern half of the US, the progress seen on a map with the names of a lot of small towns and medium sized cities rather than through their individual gigs. While back in the boxcar again, they meet up with a fugitive who takes a liking to them and gets them a job in New Jersey with the New York skyline beckoning in the distance, in a road house known as The Jungle. The story gets quite interesting. This is not a musical, though it has a lot of music in it. Things really start going over the top with the arrival of Betty Field as Kitty, fugitive Lloyd Nolan's ex-girlfriend, a tough exterior over a brittle interior. With Nolan is Howard DaSilva as his assistant who helps run the place and has plans for Kitty if only he can pull off a major double cross. The band, led by future director Richard Whorf and featuring clarinetist (and future director Elia Kazan) is fairly interesting, though the characters are not that believable. But once they start their extended stay at The Jungle, with DaSilve, Nolan, Field, and Wallace Ford as Brad (another lost soul), it becomes totally unique.


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