Birth of the Blues (1941) - Rotten Tomatoes

Birth of the Blues (1941)





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Movie Info

In this tuneful outing, a bandleader attempts to establish the first Dixieland band in New Orleans. The film features some interesting acts and lively plot twists to keep the story moving swiftly and pleasantly. Songs include: "St. Louis Blues," St. James Infirmary," and "Melancholy Baby."


Bing Crosby
as Jeff Lambert
Mary Martin
as Betty Lou Cobb
as Louey
Carolyn Lee
as Aunt Phoebe Cobb
Cecil Kellaway
as Mr. Granet
Harry Rosenthal
as Piano player
Donald Kerr
as Skeeter
Victor Potel
as Trumpet player
Minor Watson
as Henri Lambert
Ronnie Cosbey
as Jeff (as a boy)
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Critic Reviews for Birth of the Blues

All Critics (3)

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

November 3, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

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

Audience Reviews for Birth of the Blues

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

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