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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.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

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

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)
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Storyline

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.

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New Orleans See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theodore A. Metz
Lyrics by Joe Hayden
Played as background music when the Dixie Bell riverboat is shown
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terrible acting; great music
23 January 2005 | by imp-6See all my reviews

I just saw this in January, 2005 so this is a different view. It's difficult to know how professional movie people wouldn't know this is a terribly acted movie. DeCordova reprises his previously cardboard acting although he has something, but it doesn't come out. But the music of Armstrong, Holliday, and Herman etc. is magnificent. It surely is worth the time just to revel in the 1947 jazz. Bad acting doesn't destroy the movie. Wonder what happened to all those actors. It must have been the directing for all to be so bland. I think the attempt is to make this an epic picture showing the intrusion of jazz into classical music. The voice sync with the singer is also poor enough to be disturbing to the viewer. Dorothy Patrick is lovely but apparently not a singer. It's fun to see many old character actors that I knew by looks but couldn't remember their names. I'm sorry DeCordova didn't work out because I liked him in "Frenchman's Creek."


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