Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)

Pete Kelly's Blues





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This tuneful melodrama is set during the height of the Jazz Age and presents a lively and realistic view of life in swinging Kansas City, where gangsters ruled and bathtub gin flowed like water.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By: , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Richard Breen, Richard L. Breen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 22, 2008
Warner Bros.


as Pete Kelly

as Ivy Conrad

as Fran McCarg

as Rose Hopkins

as George Tenell

as Al Gannaway

as Maggie Jackson

as Joey Firestone

as Cigarette Girl

as Bedido

as Guy Bettenhouser

as Cootie Jacobs

as Squat Henchman

as Guy Bettenhouser

as Cornetist

as Clarinetist

as Trombonist

as Saxophonist

as Guitarist

as Drummer

as Bass Player

as Waiter in Rudy's

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Critic Reviews for Pete Kelly's Blues

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Tedious but well-photographed atmospheric jazz pic from the Prohibition era.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Like Love Me or Leave Me, also made in 1955, Webb's film is set in the golden age of Prohibition, mixing crime-gangster drama with great jazz music by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee, who received a Supporting Oscar nomination.

Full Review… | December 29, 2007

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Pete Kelly's Blues


There are some wonderful things in this, foremost Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee spreading their special brands of magic, both are luminous. The music is good and Andy Devine, without his trademark voice, is a revelation in a gritty part as a dogged cop. And Edmond O'Brien could play the venal gangster like few others. All these are highly enjoyable but stuck in the center is the absolutely awful Jack Webb, the man makes a blank wall look expressive and that a beauty like Janet Leigh would go to such lengths to catch him makes her seem either seriously misguided or a total idiot. Still for the great stuff contained within its worth at least a view.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Likely the most stylish and mainstream movie coming from Jack Webb, and it works better than most of his work. A lot of credit has to be given to Peggy Lee, who is wonderful and gives a very memorable Academy Award nominated performance. Andy Devine is very effective in a role not at all typical of him. Great score. The period detail is lacking though. Overall it is well produced.

James Higgins

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