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Blues in the Night

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Another night, another club. Jigger Pine's quintet is sockin' 'em solid before hopping a boxcar to the next gig. Not much money in this life. But plenty of tumult involving a criminal (Lloyd Nolan), a songbird (Priscilla Lane), a siren (Betty Field) and those Blues in the Night (the famed title tune and other songs are by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer). Anatole Litvak (The Snake Pit) directs this work packed with future filmmakers: scripter Robert Rossen (The Hustler), actors-turned-directors Richard Whorf (numerous TV series) and Elia Kazan (A Streetcar Named Desire), and Don Siegel (Dirty Harry), who provides the film's montages. Check your pulse if one of Siegel's inventive sequences doesn't provoke gasps of amazement!


Studio Warner
SKU 207901798
UPC 883929003242
UPC 14 00883929003242
Format DVD
Release Date 7/22/2008
Oscar (1942) Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer ("Blues in the Night"), Nominee, Best Music, Original Song
ReviewSource Movie Mirrors
Review Based on Edwin Gilbert's play, a jazz band meets a fleeing criminal and plays in his roadhouse, but his ex-girlfriend makes the band's leader go astray...Nickie (Elia Kazan) tells piano-player Jigger Pine (Richard Whorf) he wants to play clarinet. Jigger socks a man and the boss. Jigger, Nickie, and drummer Peppi (Billy Halop) are arrested. In jail Jigger finds bass player Pete (Peter Whitney). Nickie and Peppi urge Jigger to form a band. Blacks in jail sing "The Blues in the Night." In a pool hall trumpet-player Leo Powell (Jack Carson) owes money and is married to Character Powell (Priscilla Lane). Jigger has Nickie loan Leo $4 to get his horn back. As they eat and listen to a black band, Leo shows he can play...They travel and play swing. Character sings, and Jigger urges her to tell Leo she is pregnant. Del Davis (Lloyd Nolan) hops into their boxcar and uses a gun to rob them; but they don't turn him in. They go to an empty roadhouse and sing "Here We Go Again." Del has Sam (Howard Da Silva) give them food. Kay Grant (Betty Field) quarrels with Del, who tells Sam he will fix up the place and slaps him. Del complains to Kay that he did the ten years. Brad (Wallace Ford) tells Kay that Leo likes her...This melodrama hints how whites learned jazz from blacks and exploited it. The theme is that a bad woman in love with a bad man, who spurns her, can ruin the lives of others.
Reviewer Sanderson Beck
ReviewRating 8
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Intriguing musical drama...Good moments, wonderful Warner Bros. montages...
Sanderson Beck, Movie Mirrors This melodrama hints how whites learned jazz from blacks and exploited it.
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