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Birth of the Blues (1941)

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87 min | Music

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...See moreJeff 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. Written by Lisa Grable See less
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Nov 7, 1941 (United States)

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68 cast members
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Bing Crosby
Jeff Lambert Jeff Lambert   See fewer
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Mary Martin
Betty Lou Cobb Betty Lou Cobb   See fewer
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Brian Donlevy
Memphis Memphis   See fewer
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Carolyn Lee
Aunt Phoebe Cobb Aunt Phoebe Cobb   See fewer
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Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Louey (as Rochester) Louey (as Rochester)   See fewer
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J. Carrol Naish
Blackie Blackie   See fewer
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Horace McMahon
Wolf (as Horace MacMahon) Wolf (as Horace MacMahon)   See fewer
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Perry Botkin Sr.
Leo (as Perry Botkin) Leo (as Perry Botkin)   See fewer
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Minor Watson
Henri Lambert Henri Lambert   See fewer
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Harry Rosenthal
Piano Player Piano Player   See fewer
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Donald Kerr
Skeeter, Barbershop Musician Skeeter, Barbershop Musician   See fewer
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Ronnie Cosby
Jeff as a Boy (as Ronnie Cosbey) Jeff as a Boy (as Ronnie Cosbey)   See fewer
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Ted Lewis
Ted Lewis Ted Lewis   See fewer
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Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington Duke Ellington   See fewer
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Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong   See fewer
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Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey Tommy Dorsey   See fewer
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Jimmy Dorsey
Jimmy Dorsey Jimmy Dorsey   See fewer
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Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman Benny Goodman   See fewer
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Paul Whiteman
Paul Whiteman Paul Whiteman   See fewer
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Rose Allen
Woman in Theater (uncredited) Woman in Theater (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roscoe Ates
Cab Driver (uncredited) Cab Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kathryn Bates
Woman in Theater (uncredited) Woman in Theater (uncredited)   See fewer
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Brooks Benedict
Dance Floor Extra (uncredited) Dance Floor Extra (uncredited)   See fewer
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Nell Craig
Woman in Theater (uncredited) Woman in Theater (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jimmie Dundee
Jake - Thug (uncredited) Jake - Thug (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pearl Early
Woman in Theater (uncredited) Woman in Theater (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sarah Edwards
Dowager in Cafe (uncredited) Dowager in Cafe (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward Emerson
Mayor's Son in Cafe (uncredited) Mayor's Son in Cafe (uncredited)   See fewer
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Betty Farrington
Woman in Theater (uncredited) Woman in Theater (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Gallaudet
Dude in Pool Parlor (uncredited) Dude in Pool Parlor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Grace Hayle
Fat Woman in Cafe (uncredited) Fat Woman in Cafe (uncredited)   See fewer
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Brandon Hurst
Headwaiter in Cafe (uncredited) Headwaiter in Cafe (uncredited)   See fewer
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Payne B. Johnson
Boy in Theater (uncredited) Boy in Theater (uncredited)   See fewer
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Yvonne Jungquist
Girl in Illustrated Slides (uncredited) Girl in Illustrated Slides (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alice Keating
Woman in Theater (uncredited) Woman in Theater (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard Keene
Stage Manager (uncredited) Stage Manager (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Lane
Wilbur - Theater Manager (uncredited) Wilbur - Theater Manager (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jeni Le Gon
Black Girl in Jail (uncredited) Black Girl in Jail (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jimmie Lucas
Man Outside of Jail (uncredited) Man Outside of Jail (uncredited)   See fewer
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James T. Mack
Undetermined Role (uncredited) Undetermined Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam McDaniel
Black Clarinet Player (uncredited) Black Clarinet Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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John 'Skins' Miller
Skinny Man in Cafe (uncredited) Skinny Man in Cafe (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bert Moorhouse
Cafe Diner (uncredited) Cafe Diner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mantan Moreland
Black Trumpet Player (uncredited) Black Trumpet Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edmund Mortimer
Cafe Patron (uncredited) Cafe Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joe Ploski
Dance Extra (uncredited) Dance Extra (uncredited)   See fewer
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Oscar Polk
Man in Jail (uncredited) Man in Jail (uncredited)   See fewer
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Victor Potel
Trumpet Player in Beer Garden (uncredited) Trumpet Player in Beer Garden (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lillian Randolph
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Keith Richards
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Cyril Ring
Cafe Patron (uncredited) Cafe Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bert Roach
Fat Man Sleeping in Theater (uncredited) Fat Man Sleeping in Theater (uncredited)   See fewer
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Constantine Romanoff
One of Blackie's Thugs (uncredited) One of Blackie's Thugs (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hayden Stevenson
Stagehand (uncredited) Stagehand (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mary Thomas
Child in Theater (uncredited) Child in Theater (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bess Wade
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Evelyn West
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Pat West
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Ernest Whitman
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Guy Wilkerson
Man Outside of Jail (uncredited) Man Outside of Jail (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Wilson
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6.4 / 10 | 311 votes