Birth of the Blues

Birth of the Blues (1941)

Jeff grows up near Basin Street in New Orleans, playing his clarinet with the dock workers. He puts together a band, the Basin Street Hot-Shots, which includes a cornet player, Memphis. They struggle to get their jazz music accepted by the cafe society of the city. Betty Lou joins their band as a singer and gets Louie to show her how to do scat singing. Memphis and Jeff both fall in love with Betty Lou.

Writing:
  • Harry Tugend
  • Walter DeLeon
Directing:
  • Victor Schertzinger
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  • Views: 2
  • Release Date: 1941-11-07
  • Language: English
  • Country: US
  • Runtime: 87

Mary Martin

Betty Lou Cobb

Bing Crosby

Jeff Lambert

Carolyn Lee

Aunt Phoebe Cobb

Minor Watson

Henri Lambert

Ronnie Cosby

Jeff as a Boy

Ted Lewis

Himself, Ted Lewis (archive footage)

Duke Ellington

Himself, Duke Ellington (archive footage)

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong (archive footage)

Tommy Dorsey

Tommy Dorsey (archive footage)

Jimmy Dorsey

Himself, Jimmy Dorsey (archive footage)

Benny Goodman

Himself, Benny Goodman (archive footage)

Paul Whiteman

Himself, Paul Whiteman (archive footage)

Roscoe Ates

Cab Driver (uncredited)

Charles Lane

Wilbur - Theater Manager (uncredited)

Mantan Moreland

Black Trumpet Player (uncredited)
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