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The Crimson Canary (1945)

Approved | | Mystery | 9 November 1945 (USA)
Members of a Jazz Band come under suspicion when a beautiful nightclub singer is murdered.



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Cast overview:
... Danny Brooks
... Jean Walker
... Roger Quinn
... Vic Miller
... Anita Lane
Danny Morton ... Johnny
... Chuck (as James Dodd)
... Hillary
... Keys
... Detective Carlyle
Josh White ... Josh White
Esquire All-American Band Winners ... The Esquire All-American Band
... Coleman Hawkins
Oscar Pettiford ... Oscar Pettiford


Members of a Jazz Band come under suspicion when a beautiful nightclub singer is murdered.

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MURDER ON THE DOWNBEAT! (original print ad-all caps) See more »




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Release Date:

9 November 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hear That Trumpet Talk  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Henry Blankfort testified at a 9/18/51 HUAC hearing during the McCarthy "Red Scare" period, he was "belligerent and strident" (according to The Hollywood Reporter) and, when mentioning this film, wryly pointed out that the title had nothing to do with politics. See more »


Hollywood Stampede
Music by Coleman Hawkins
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Historic Gem
28 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

In the 1940's there were probably 5,000 B movies made that were no better or worse than this one with one big exception.This little film has a scene that contains five truly great jazz artists playing at close to their peak. I think it's now on youtube.

I saw it on a late show in Palo Alto California 42 years ago and in those days there were no tape machines.(it wouldn't have mattered since I was watching it in a motel.) Anyway, the jazz greats are Coleman Hawkins, Howard McGee,Sir Charles Thompson, Denzil Best, and most of all, Oscar Pettiford on the bass. For a young jazz bass player to be able to watch the great Pettiford in action would be worth something of value thats immeasurable. MOST IMPORTANTLY, the other comments are incorrect !! That is definitely Coleman Hawkins and Oscar Pettiford on the sound track. Believe me, I KNOW their playing. It's definitely THEM !! I'm shocked that people haven't heard that. p-s I had just finished playing a concert with the George Shearing Quintet in Concord California opposite Dave Brubeck and came back to the motel and this movie was on t.v. Talk about an unbelievable experience...by the way, I was able later to secure the film.

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