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Too Late Blues (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | November 1961 (UK)
Ghost is an ideological musician who would rather play his blues in the park to the birds than compromise himself. However, when he meets and falls in love with beautiful singer Jess ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... John 'Ghost' Wakefield
... Jess Polanski
Everett Chambers ... Benny Flowers
... Nick Bubalinas
... Tommy Sheehan (as Vincent Edwards)
... Milt Frielobe
Marilyn Clark ... Countess
James Joyce ... Reno Vitelli
Rupert Crosse ... Baby Jackson
... Recording Engineer
Alan Hopkins ... Skipper Camez (as J. Alan Hopkins)
... Charlie
Richard Chambers ... Pete (as Richard O. Chambers)
... Red
Dan Stafford ... Shelley
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Ghost is an ideological musician who would rather play his blues in the park to the birds than compromise himself. However, when he meets and falls in love with beautiful singer Jess Polanski, she comes between him and his band members, and he leaves his dreams behind in search of fame. Written by David Gibson <djg6@ukc.ac.uk>

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The Bold Story Of A Man Caught Between Two Strange Loves!

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November 1961 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Blues di mezzanotte  »

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$375,000 (estimated)
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John Cassavetes' first major studio production (as director). See more »

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Wither Thou, Ghost!
Music by David Raksin
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Between experiment and mainstream.
21 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Coming after "shadows" and preceding "a child is waiting" ,"too late blues" is some kind of arithmetic mean between them.Not overtly avant-garde ,but never really mainstream,unlike the 1959 movie ,it has a screenplay and most of the dialogues are not improvised:actually they sometimes seem "carefully" written.

Stella Stevens gives a wistful sad performance ,diametrically opposite to later parts such as those of "girls girls girls" (!)or 'the silencers".Her singing -or that of the singer who dubs her?- looks like a moaning which stunningly blends with the boys' music.

"Too late blues" keeps a rather loose plot,but "a child is waiting "would take its "conventional " side and tighten it up:as a result ,Cassavetes would disown "a child..." and go back to less accessible works such as his debut.


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