Sight and Sound - 10/01/2008
"[T]he movie's real treasure trove is a series of exuberantly expressionist montage sequences by Don Siegel..."
In this backstage musical with film-noir overtones, an up-and-coming jazz singer (Priscilla Lane) is looking for success. When an on-the-lam criminal joins the band and hooks up with a sultry sexpot (Betty Field), it adds a note of doom that resonates all the way to the film's finale. BLUES IN THE NIGHT was directed by Anatole Litvak, but it is also notable for the future filmmakers in its ranks: Robert Rossen (THE HUSTLER) co-wrote the script, Elia Kazan (A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE) plays a clarinet player, and Don Siegel (DIRTY HARRY) created the film's montage sequences.
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