Birth of the Blues

Birth of the Blues (1941)

"Strike Up The Band ! * Here comes happiness . . . in a merry medley of romance . . . and rhythm !"
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NR 1 hr 27 minNov 7th, 1941Music
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.
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DirectorVictor Schertzinger