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Birth of the Blues

Birth of the Blues (1941)

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Release Date: Nov 7, 1941 Wide

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Rather shaky as history, Birth of the Blues delivers the goods in terms of entertainment, thanks to the unbeatable star combination of Bing Crosby and Mary Martin. Set in New Orleans in the 'teens, the film stars Crosby as clarinetist Jeff Lambert, who breaks away from a traditionalist orchestra to form his own jazz band. His partners in this endeavor are songstress Betty Lou Cobb (Martin) and trumpeter Memphis (Brian Donlevy), a character obviously meant to be a white-bread version of Louis

May 15, 2003

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Dated, full of politically incorrect racial edges, but fun musically with Crosby starring.

November 3, 2008
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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...

August 11, 2003
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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Inane story but great music and one of the few chances to see Mary Martin in a lead film role.
February 12, 2012
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