Birth of the Blues (1941)





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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."
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Paramount Pictures


Bing Crosby
as Jeff Lambert
Mary Martin
as Betty Lou Cobb
Brian Donlevy
as Memphis
as Louey
Carolyn Lee
as Aunt Phoebe Cobb
Cecil Kellaway
as Mr. Granet
Ruby Elzy
as Ruby
Danny Beck
as Deek
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)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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

November 3, 2008

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October 17, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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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Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Birth of the Blues


Another band-trying-to-make-good plotline comes alive when Crosby and Martin sing; highlights are "Wait 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie" and "The Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Being a jazz and blues fan, I found the music to be great. Movie is not a history of the blues but a simple story with a simple yet nice tribute at the end. Based on movies made during this time period.

Mara Barker
Mara Barker

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

jay nixon
jay nixon

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