Ballad in Blue (1964)





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In this touching drama, singer Ray Charles (playing himself) teaches a newly blind English boy to survive while offering to help his widowed mother pay for the operation that would restore his sight.
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Ray Charles
as Himself
Mary Peach
as Peggy Harrison
Tom Bell
as Steve Collings
Dawn Addams
as Gina Graham
Betty McDowall
as Mrs. Babbidge
Lucy Appleby
as Margaret
Joe Adams
as Fred
Robert Lee Ross
as Duke Wade
Anne Padwick
as Bus Conductress
Monika Henreid
as Antonia
Brendan Agnew
as Antonia's protector
Vernon Hayden
as Headmaster
Leo McCabe
as Doctor Leger
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Charles is essentially a supporting character in his own movie.

Full Review… | March 26, 2010

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The biggest flaw of this Ray Charles film, starting the musician as himself, is that there isn't enough Ray to sustain it. The main focus shifts from Ray to a blind boy and his mother, and then onto the mothers boyfriend who gets a job with Charles. The British family and the blind child aren't awful, but they aren't terribly interesting...and the real draw of the film is Ray Charles and his music, but they are practically background noise in the final picture...which is a shame.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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