Birth of the Blues
Strike Up The Band ! * Here comes happiness . . . in a merry medley of romance . . . and rhythm !
- Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: October 1, 2019
- Originally Released: 1941
- Label: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Bing Crosby, Mary Martin & Brian Donlevy|
|Performer:||Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, J. Carrol Naish, Warren Hymer, Horace McMahon, Ruby Elzy, Jack Teagarden, Harry Barris, Minor Watson, Barbara Pepper & Cecil Kellaway|
|Directed by||Victor Schertzinger|
|Edited by||Paul Weatherwax|
|Screenplay by||Harry Tugend & Walter DeLeon|
|Art Direction by||Hans Dreier & Ernst Fegté|
|Story by||Harry Tugend|
|Produced by||Monta Bell|
|Director of Photography:||William C. Mellor|
Rating: 4/5 -- Dated, full of politically incorrect racial edges, but fun musically with Crosby starring.
A remarkable Bing Crosby vehicle that pays heartfelt homage to the creators and innovators of jazz... It seems almost like the first rock 'n roll movie...
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Description by OLDIES.com:
As a child, Jeff Lambert (Bing Crosby) hangs out in New Orleans' Basin Street, playing hot swing on his clarinet instead of the classics his father prefers. He's inspired by an African-American group there and, some years later, sets out to form a jazz band of his own. With cornetist Memphis (Brian Donlevy), singer Betty Lou Cobb (Mary Martin) and trombonist Jack Teagarden, he's on his way.
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