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Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Music | 31 July 1955 (USA)
In 1927, a Kansas City, Missouri cornet player and his band perform nightly at a seedy speakeasy until a racketeer tries to extort them in exchange for protection.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pete Kelly
... Ivy Conrad
... Fran McCarg
... Rose Hopkins
... George Tenell
... Al Gannaway
... Maggie Jackson
... Joey Firestone
Than Wyenn ... Rudy Shulak
Herbert Ellis ... Bedido (as Herb Ellis)
... Guy Bettenhouser
... Cigarette Girl
Mort Marshall ... Cootie Jacobs
Moe Schneider ... Trombonist (Big 7)
George Van Eps ... Guitarist (Big 7)
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Storyline

In 1927 Kansas City Pete Kelly and his jazz band play nightly at a speakeasy. A local gangster starts to move in on them and when their drummer is killed Kelly gives in, even though this also means taking the thug's alcoholic girl as a singer. Kelly soon realises he has made a big mistake selling out in this way and that rich girl Ivy is now the only decent thing in his life. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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A jazz-man of the wide-open '20s - caught in the crossfire of its blazing .38s! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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31 July 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Es geschah in einer Nacht  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,000,000, 31 December 1955
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(RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints)| (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)

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(WarnerColor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

In August 1957, this film was being widely shown on a double bill with The Last Hunt (1956). See more »

Quotes

Ivy Conrad: You don't want to get married Pete; unless you find a girl that looks like a cornet. I'm short three valves. I might as well pack up an move someplace else.
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Connections

Referenced in The Colgate Comedy Hour: Episode #5.33 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Didn't He Ramble
(uncredited)
Music by W.C. Handy
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A positive reaction to the film.
29 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Pete Kelly's Blues" is, in my humble opinion, like a lot of Jack Webb's work, an underrated movie. Even as a teenager, I realized in 1955 that the movie had a dark plot but at the same time was highlighted by great musical performances. Jack got an academy award performance from Peggy Lee and outstanding performances from Ella Fitzgerald, Edmund O'Brien and Martin Milner, to say nothing of Janet Leigh, whose performance was good. Jack was not liked by a lot of people in Hollywood who panned his work. With the exception of "Dragnet", the TV show and the movies, "Pete Kelly's Blues" was Jack's most important work, if not the most appreciated. It's a shame when personalities interfere with an appraisal of someone's work.


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