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Blues in the Night (1941)

"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powell, and Nickie Haroyen and Peppi. All of them dedicate themselves to work as a unit ... See full summary »

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Edwin Gilbert (from a play by), Robert Rossen (screen play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Priscilla Lane ... Character
Betty Field ... Kay Grant
Richard Whorf ... Jigger Pine
Lloyd Nolan ... Del Davis
Jack Carson ... Leo Powell
Wallace Ford ... Brad Ames (as Wally Ford)
Elia Kazan ... Nickie Haroyen
Peter Whitney ... Pete Bossett
Billy Halop ... Peppi
Howard Da Silva ... Sam Paryas
Joyce Compton ... Blonde
Herbert Heywood Herbert Heywood ... Brakeman
George Lloyd ... Joe
Charles C. Wilson ... Barney (as Charles Wilson)
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Drunk
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Storyline

"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powell, and Nickie Haroyen and Peppi. All of them dedicate themselves to work as a unit and to play 'blues' music. The dedication isn't paying off in money and, while riding the rails in a boxcar, they meet and befriend a gangster named Del Davis. He offers them a job at a New Jersey roadhouse, where Powell falls in love with Kay Grant, a former 'real-good friend' of Davis. But when Powell learns that 'Character' is about to have a baby, he returns to her. "Jigger" tries to make Kay the band's singer and, when this fails, runs off with her. She leaves him with nothing to show for him except a nervous breakdown.Back at the roadhouse, after his recovery, Kay shows up, has a quarrel with Davis, shoots and kills him and plans to take back up with "Jigger", who knows better but just can't help himself. While she is waiting in a car for him, along comes cripple Brad Ames, who she put in that... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This Year's Surprise Hit! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El canto a la vida See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut (uncredited, as a jitterbug dancer) of Faith Domergue. See more »

Goofs

When Jigger and his pals are in St. Louis at the beginning of the film, a fight breaks out in the bar they are playing at the bartender calls the cops. The police car shown responding is clearly marked from the New York Police Deptartment, 18th Precinct. See more »

Quotes

Kay Grant: [to Jigger] Next time you see me, will you do me a favor and smile?
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Connections

Spoofed in Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Hang on to Your Lids, Kids
(1941)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played by the band and Sung by Priscilla Lane (uncredited)
Reprised at The Jungle club
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Feverish mix of melodrama and music: A worthy effort . . .
9 September 2000 | by jwbakerSee all my reviews

This fast-moving film is not at all typical of most musicals of the period. Jazz musicians, gangsters, stool pigeons, and canaries populate Anatole Litvak's interesting -- and little seen -- story of a pianist who tragically attempts to transform an off-key singer (Betty Field, over-the-top and enjoyable as all get-out) to replace the pregnant vocalist (Priscilla Lane). All of the performances are interesting (Lloyd Nolan, especially), and the face-off between Lane and Field is worth a look. Highly recommended -- if you can find it.


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