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New Orleans (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 18 April 1947 (USA)
A gambling hall owner relocates from New Orleans to Chicago and entertains his patrons with hot jazz by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman, and others.


Arthur Lubin


Elliot Paul (screenplay), Dick Irving Hyland (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arturo de Córdova ... Nick Duquesne (as Arturo De Cordova)
Dorothy Patrick ... Miralee Smith
Marjorie Lord ... Grace Voiselle
Irene Rich ... Mrs. Rutledge Smith
John Alexander ... Colonel McArdle
Richard Hageman Richard Hageman ... Henry Ferber
Jack Lambert ... Biff Lewis
Bert Conway Bert Conway ... Tommy Lake
Joan Blair Joan Blair ... Constance Vigil
John Canady John Canady ... Undetermined Secondary Role
Louis Armstrong and His Band Louis Armstrong and His Band ... Louis Armstrong and His Band
Billie Holiday ... Endie
Woody Herman and His Orchestra ... Woody Herman and His Orchestra
Louis Armstrong ... Louis Armstrong (as Original New Orleans Ragtime Band)
Zutty Singleton Zutty Singleton ... Drummer (as Original New Orleans Ragtime Band)


A gambling hall owner relocates from New Orleans to Chicago and entertains his patrons with hot jazz by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman, and others.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


It's the Lowdown of Wicked Old Basin Street! And the Music That Made It Wicked!


Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

18 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New Orleans See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Majestic Productions Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One & only time Billie Holliday performs in a film. See more »


In the first scene there is a shot of Basin Street, and the year 1917. We hear West End Blues playing, which was not recorded until 1928. See more »


Edited into Billie Holiday: The Ultimate Collection (2005) See more »


Farewell to Storyville
Music and Lyrics by Spencer Williams
Played by Louis Armstrong and His Band an sung by Billie Holiday
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Music excellent, film corny but pleasant.
24 September 2000 | by hanson-8See all my reviews

A fellow-jazz-fan in the US recently sent me this on video. I enjoyed it immensely. I can't pretend it's a good film. The story and its treatment are reminiscent of the straight bits in Marx Brothers films (the ones that had straight bits, that is). But instead of Groucho and Harpo, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday do their stuff, and bring the film to life.

Plus points for jazz fans are that several of the numbers are seen and heard complete, rather than faded out; both Billie and Louis were still near their best; the other musicians, including Kid Ory and Barney Bigard, get to solo, and you hear -- and see - an early version of the Armstrong All-Stars really swinging. There's also a rare sight of the great (and now disappeared) Lucky Thompson behind Louis in one sequence.

A personal note: one of my very first records (78 rpm, early 1950s) was Louis' "Where the Blues Was Born". I guess I had the studio, not the soundtrack version, but both are terrific. It was amazing to SEE that long-treasured performance.

"New Orleans" would not go down well with latter-day jazz musicians because Billie's shown as a maid, and Woody Herman (white) comes into the story for no earthly reason beyond the fact that he was a big name in 1947. But if you can see and hear past all that, the music makes it worthwhile.

OK, it's not a good film. But how many jazz films are? "Jammin' the Blues," "Pete Kelly's Blues," "Sven Klang's Combo," "Round Midnight," and that's it. Only three of those are feature-length, and two are European. For anyone who loves the music, "New Orleans" is well worth viewing.

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