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."

Cast

Bing Crosby
as Jeff Lambert
Mary Martin
as Betty Lou Cobb
Rochester
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
Video-Reviewmaster.com

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)

Audience Reviews for Birth of the Blues

½

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
½

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

Super Reviewer

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