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Satchmo the Great (1957)

In this 1957 biography film of the jazz-great Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, he and his band tour the world as American good-will ambassadors bring jazz at its best to the people of the world. ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Louis Armstrong ... Self
Edward R. Murrow ... Self - Reporter / Host
Leonard Bernstein ... Self - Leonard Bernstein - Orchestra Leader
W.C. Handy W.C. Handy ... Self - Songwriter
Edmund Hall Edmund Hall ... Self - Edmund Hall
James Young ... Self - 'Trummy' Young (as 'Trummy' Young)
Barrett Deems ... Self - Barrett Deems
Billy Kyle ... Self - Billy Kyle
Arvell Shaw ... Self - Arvell Shaw
Jack Lesberg Jack Lesberg ... Self - Jack Lesberg
New York Philharmonic New York Philharmonic ... Themselves - Orchestra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene de Poris Gene de Poris ... Self - - Reporter
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In this 1957 biography film of the jazz-great Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, he and his band tour the world as American good-will ambassadors bring jazz at its best to the people of the world. Within the film, the life of Louis Armstrong is portrayed through the music. One of the outstanding scenes in this "biography/docudrama" shows blind songwriter W. C. Handy, with tears streaming down his face, as Armstrong, backed by Leonard Bernstein leading the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, play Handy's immortal "St. Louis Blues." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The World's Top Music-Maker At His Foot Tappin' Best! (original poster) See more »


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Trivia

Originally recorded as an interview on Edward R. Murrow's See It Now (1951) TV interview program, later expanded into a feature-length documentary movie. See more »

Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #4.4 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est si bon
Music by Henri Betti
French lyrics by André Hornez
English lyrics by Jerry Seelen
Performed by Louis Armstrong
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Release of Satchmo the Great documentary
16 February 2011 | by clamonSee all my reviews

I have been trying for years to obtain a copy of this movie. I have the CD and I consider it the best CD I have ever owned. If CBS owns the movie, please encourage them to release it to the public. Louis Armstrong is idolized by thousands of people all over the world and this documentary should be shared with his fans. I would recommend that the CD be purchased by Louis' fans. It is very enjoyable. However, once you have the CD, you will want the movie. In addition, I also have a greater appreciation for the talents of Edward R. Murrow. Louis' sidemen were the best in the business. I spoke to Barrett Deems years ago and he told me that if Louis asked you to join his band, you dropped everything and went with him.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1957 (USA) See more »

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Altın Trompet See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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