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Ballad in Blue (1965)

Ray Charles attempts to help a down-on-their-luck boozing family whose son is blind. He wants to finance the recovery of his eye-sight, but the family is afraid what might happen if something goes wrong.

Director:

Paul Henreid

Writers:

Paul Henreid (story), Burton Wohl
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ray Charles ... Himself
Tom Bell ... Steve Collins
Mary Peach ... Peggy Harrison
Dawn Addams ... Gina Graham
Piers Bishop Piers Bishop ... David
Betty McDowall ... Mrs. Babbidge
Lucy Appleby Lucy Appleby ... Margaret
Joe Adams Joe Adams ... Fred
Robert Lee Ross Robert Lee Ross ... Duke Wade
Anne Padwick Anne Padwick ... Bus Conductress
Monika Henreid Monika Henreid ... Antonia
Brendan Agnew Brendan Agnew ... Antonia's protector
Vernon Hayden Vernon Hayden ... Headmaster
Leo McCabe Leo McCabe ... Doctor Leger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Raelettes The Raelettes ... Themselves
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Storyline

Ray Charles attempts to help a down-on-their-luck boozing family whose son is blind. He wants to finance the recovery of his eye-sight, but the family is afraid what might happen if something goes wrong.

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Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1966 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Blues for Lovers See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Salkinds, who later went on to produce the mammoth "Superman " filmed this in Dublin and left a few unpaid cheques along the way. See more »

Soundtracks

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(uncredited)
Written by Harlan Howard
Performed by Ray Charles
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Only for Ray Charles fans
5 March 2017 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is an example of the musicals of the 60s where pop stars or musicians were featured who weren't really actors so the story has to be fitted around their talents.In this instance the main aspect of Ray Charles featured,apart from his music,is his blindness.A desire to help a blind boy have an operation which might restore his sight.Unfortunately the boy is played by Piers Bishop,in a flat monotone voice.Rather like a speak your weight machine.This becomes extremely grating on the ear.A good part of the film is occupied by Ray Charles in concert.So if you are a fan of his you can ignore the tripe that passes for a story.If you don't it's probably better to fast forward the whole film.


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