Pete Kelly's Blues Reviews

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½ September 6, 2008
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.
April 8, 2010
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.
April 8, 2010
68/100. 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.
½ August 27, 2009
**1/2 (out of four)

Peggy Lee is the highlight of this look at the early Jazz scene in Kansas City. Jack Webb and Janet Leigh also star as they clash with mobsters during the time of prohibition. The melodrama his a bit too heavy.
October 2, 2005
Pete Kelly?s Blues and Dragnet ? Both films written by Richard Breen, and directed by Jack Webb, who also stars. [I]Pete Kelly?s Blues[/I] is about a band trying to be bought out by a producer so he can take their money, and [I]Dragnet[/I] is about a cop just trying to solve a basic case. [I]Pete Kelly?s Blues[/i] works much better as film, and is really pretty good, and while [I]Dragnet[/i] was fun, it just doesn?t work as a film, which makes sense since it started as a show, and ended as a show. Still fun though. [I]Pete Kelly?s Blues[/i]: A- [i]Dragnet[/i]: B



Hard Times ? [I]Hard Times[/i] stars Charles Bronson, who looks like he?s drunk throughout the entire film, and James Coburn. Bronson is a street fighter, and Coburn is pretty much his manager, and sets him up fights and what. That?s pretty much it, and the film follows the two as they win more and more fights. It?s a really awesome film and has some great fight scenes in it. Check it out if you can get your hands on it. A



Say Anything ? I?ve been catching up on my 80s films, so I finally watched this, and it was really great. Definitely the best teen romance I?ve seen. It was just so good! That?s it. A
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