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Blues in the Night (1941)

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The big-band mystique of the 1940s was explored by Blues in the Night. Future directors Richard Whorf and Elia Kazan star as, respectively, a neurotic band-leader and a carefree clarinettist. Their jazz band travels from one small-time gig to another, always hoping for their big break but always denied fame thanks to their own personal demons. Priscilla Lane and Betty Field portray (again respectively) the good and bad girls in the musicians' lives. While we're never treated to a full rendition of the title song, Blues in the Night scores with its melodramatic set pieces, including a gutsy climactic murder/suicide sequence involving Betty Field and escaped convict Lloyd Nolan.

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Cast

Richard Whorf
as Jigger Pine
Priscilla Lane
as Ginger 'Character' Powell
Betty Field
as Kay Grant
Jack Carson
as Leo Powell
Lloyd Nolan
as Del Davis
Wallace Ford
as Brad Ames
Howard Da Silva
as Sam Paryas
Elia Kazan
as Nickie Haroyan
George Lloyd
as Night Club Manager
Fred Kelsey
as Bartender
Lee Phelps
as Jailer
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Critic Reviews for Blues in the Night

All Critics (1)

A supposedly authentic jazz story about struggling itinerant jazz musicians that is far from authentic.

February 9, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blues in the Night

Atmospheric music drama, not a musical. What more can you say about a movie where Priscilla Lane's character is named Character.

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