Blues in the Night

1941

Action / Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Music

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 61%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 995

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Cast

Peter Whitney as Pete Bossett
Howard Da Silva as Sam Paryas
Priscilla Lane as Ginger 'Character' Powell
Joyce Compton as Blonde
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804.47 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 27 min
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1.46 GB
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English 2.0
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1 hr 27 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bmacv 8 / 10

Litvak's little-known musical drama looks forward to film noir

There's much in Anatole Litvak's Blues in the Night which suggests that Martin Scorsese borrowed heavily from it for New York, New York (though Scorsese cites The Man I Love as his chief inspiration). A melodrama set in the jazz world, it explores the volatile relationships and raffish milieu of a troupe of players trying to keep body and soul together without abandoning their musical ideals.

Five rough and ready amateurs form a band in St. Louis and start touring the south – Memphis, New Orleans. Richard Whorf is their leader; trumpeter Jack Carson and canary Priscilla Lane (whose character's name is `Character') are man and wife; and among the rest is the young Elia Kazan. On the road complications ensue: Lane, pregnant, thinks the free-and-easy Carson will take a powder if he knows a kid's coming; riding the rails, they hook up with a lammed-up mobster (Lloyd Nolan). Nolan offers them a gig at his roadhouse (The Jungle) in New Jersey, the spires of Manhattan just across the river. Around him, however, swarms a strange menage: Betty Field, his hard-as-nails ex-squeeze; Howard Da Silva, bartender and jack-of-all-trades; and the excellent Wallace Ford, as a has-been hanger-on. The grasping Field snares Whorf and pries him away from the band; when she tires of him, now piano man in a glitzy novelty band, she gives him the air. He hits the bottle, loses his talent, goes round the bend. But Field's not through with him yet, or, for that matter, with Nolan....

The film is full of surprises. Don Siegel did the clever montages, cutting his teeth, (as it were), and Robert Rossen's script stays fresh and slangy: just when you spot another cliche coming round the mountain, he sneaks in a low-key, well-acted vignette. Litvak modulates the tone expertly, starting out light and insouciant and darkening his palette as the story advances, with heavy foreshadowings of film noir. It's a significant milestone in the formation of the noir cycle, and why it isn't better known remains one of cinema's mysteries: Blues in the Night is an involving, inventive musical drama.

Reviewed by preppy-3 9 / 10

Almost perfect drama

A band lead by Jigger (Richard Whorf) has trouble landing a job. They get involved with gangster Dell (Lloyd Nolan) who gives them a job at his club. His jealous girlfriend Kay (Betty Field) sets out to destroy the band. Will she?

I'm only giving this a 9 because of the overly familiar story. That aside this is incredible. Nobody in the cast was a name at the time, but they're all very good actors. Field has a fun time in her bad girl role. Nolan is just great as Dell. Whorf is OK as Jigger. Also in the cast (and band) is Jack Carson, future director Elia Kazan and Priscilla Lane (who does wonders with the thankless 'good girl' role). The film is beautifully directed in gorgeous black and white by Anatole Litvak--he makes good use of his low budget and has some very nice sequences using light and shadows. Also there are a few truly bizarre (but fun) montages--they're unlike ANYTHING you'll see in a 1940s film. Also there's some really great music in here.

So...great music, good acting, beautiful photography...and just an OK story.

Still, well worth seeing.

Strange thing about this film--everybody seems to know about it, but it's almost never shown! Try catching it on TCM--their print isn't that great (the image kept shaking) but it's still worth seeing.

Reviewed by luannjim 9 / 10

A neglected near-masterpiece

Everybody's heard of this movie because of the famous title song, but almost nobody's ever seen it. It defies genre classification -- both a musical drama and a sort of missing link between the Warners gangster movies of the 1930s (mugs, molls, and rat-a-tat dialogue) and 1940s film noir (femme fatale, dark shadows, smoky atmosphere, seamy underside of life). It's a genuine one-of-a-kind movie that deserves to be much better remembered than it is.

However, one commenter here needs to refresh his memory; BLUES IN THE NIGHT has nothing whatever to do with the career of Jimmy Lunceford or any other famous musician of the period. It's about a small jazz combo, not a big band, and they begin and end the movie as obscure journeymen living from hand to mouth between gigs.

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