Too Late Blues

1962, Drama, 1h 40m

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A jazz-band pianist (Bobby Darin) bottoms out because of a blonde (Stella Stevens), then tries for a comeback.

Cast & Crew

Bobby Darin
John 'Ghost' Wakefield
Stella Stevens
Jess Polanski
Everett Chambers
Benny Flowers
Cliff Carnell
Charlie, the saxophonist
Seymour Cassel
Red, the bassist
Bill Stafford
Rupert Crosse
Baby Jackson
Richard Chambers
Pete, the trumpeter
Val Avery
Frielobe
James Joyce
Reno
David Raksin
Original Music
Lionel Lindon
Cinematographer
Frank Bracht
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Critic Reviews for Too Late Blues

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for Too Late Blues

  • Jul 12, 2013
    For Ghost Wakefield(Bobby Darin), the music is everything. For his bandmates, a little cash would be nice from time to time, so they could at least settle their bar tab, much less take care of any responsibilities that come with getting married and/or older. At least, they can all pretty much agree on how much a drag a music industry party is. That is, until Ghost meets Jessica Polanski(Stella Stevens), a beautiful singer who is being tormented by their agent, Benny(Everett Chambers). Together, Ghost and Jessica make a break for it to his favorite watering hole. As strange as it might seem to some that John Cassavetes would use an all-white band as part of a statement to disprove stereotypes about jazz musicians(admittedly, there are lots of non-white faces in the early scenes), it should not seem as unusual that he is just as interested in the thorny issue of artistic integrity.(Why the musicians in the film never pass the hat is beyond me.) With his second film as director, he has already crafted a manifesto which will serve as a guideline for the rest of his career where he later works with somebody in real life named Polanski but I'm getting ahead of myself here. Even at this early point, he also has a good deal to say artistically, as he is the only person who would not turn the scene in the park into a train wreck.(When they say it is for the birds, they mean it literally). While the performances are lacking the intensity of his later films, at least Bobby Darin and Stella Stevens still do fine work here.
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  • Mar 11, 2009
    This wasn't a whopper, but a mildly entertaining, offbeat, arty film with Stella Stevens and Bobby Darrin looking their best at the height of their careers.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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