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Blues in the Night (1941)

Passed
88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

"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 ...See more"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 condition, and he gets in and drives the car over a cliff, leaving no survivors in the two-passenger crash. The band is back together at the end, still using boxcars as their transportation, but happy playing the blues. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Edwin Gilbert (from a play by) | Robert Rossen (screen play)
Composer
Heinz Roemheld (as H. Roemheld)
Cinematographer
Ernest Haller (as Ernie Haller)
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Updated Nov 15, 1941

Release date
Nov 15, 1941 (United States)

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61 cast members
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Priscilla Lane
Ginger 'Character' Powell Ginger 'Character' Powell   See fewer
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Betty Field
Kay Grant Kay Grant   See fewer
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Richard Whorf
Jigger Pine Jigger Pine   See fewer
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Lloyd Nolan
Del Davis Del Davis   See fewer
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Jack Carson
Leo Powell Leo Powell   See fewer
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Wallace Ford
Brad Ames Brad Ames   See fewer
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Elia Kazan
Nickie Haroyen Nickie Haroyen   See fewer
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Peter Whitney
Pete Bossett Pete Bossett   See fewer
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Howard Da Silva
Sam Paryas Sam Paryas   See fewer
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Joyce Compton
Blonde Blonde   See fewer
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Herbert Heywood
Train Brakeman Train Brakeman   See fewer
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George Lloyd
Joe - St Louis Cafe Owner Joe - St Louis Cafe Owner   See fewer
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Charles C. Wilson
Barney (as Charles Wilson) Barney (as Charles Wilson)   See fewer
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Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra
A Barnstorming Band (as Jimmy Lunceford and His Band) A Barnstorming Band (as Jimmy Lunceford and His Band)   See fewer
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Will Osborne's Orchestra
Guy Heiser's Band (as Will Osborne and His Band) Guy Heiser's Band (as Will Osborne and His Band)   See fewer
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Jean Ames
Jitterbug (uncredited) Jitterbug (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leah Baird
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Brooks Benedict
Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited) Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wade Boteler
Policeman in Patrol Car (uncredited) Policeman in Patrol Car (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hal K. Dawson
Man #2 Sitting with Kay (uncredited) Man #2 Sitting with Kay (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dudley Dickerson
Black Prisoner #3 in Cell (uncredited) Black Prisoner #3 in Cell (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Dilson
Dr. Morse (uncredited) Dr. Morse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Faith Domergue
Jitterbug (uncredited) Jitterbug (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roland Drew
Gambler Letting Kay Throw Dice (uncredited) Gambler Letting Kay Throw Dice (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ann Edmonds
Woman Waiting for Telephone Booth (uncredited) Woman Waiting for Telephone Booth (uncredited)   See fewer
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Faye Emerson
Dr. Morse's Nurse (uncredited) Dr. Morse's Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Gillespie
Baritone Singer in Jail Cell (uncredited) Baritone Singer in Jail Cell (uncredited)   See fewer
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David Gorcey
Jitterbug (uncredited) Jitterbug (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sol Gorss
Del's Henchman #2 (uncredited) Del's Henchman #2 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Graham
Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited) Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harrison Greene
Drunk Saying, 'OK, Here's Five' (uncredited) Drunk Saying, 'OK, Here's Five' (uncredited)   See fewer
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Creighton Hale
Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited) Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Hamilton
Doctor Treating Jigger (uncredited) Doctor Treating Jigger (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Homans
Bill - Bartender (uncredited) Bill - Bartender (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Hopper
Billiard Player (uncredited) Billiard Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Irwin
Man #1 Sitting with Kay (uncredited) Man #1 Sitting with Kay (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward Keane
Drunk Saying, 'It's a Scream' (uncredited) Drunk Saying, 'It's a Scream' (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fred Kelsey
Bartender at The Jungle (uncredited) Bartender at The Jungle (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jimmie Lunceford
Barnstorming Band Leader (uncredited) Barnstorming Band Leader (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hank Mann
Prisoner Saying, 'Pipe Down' (uncredited) Prisoner Saying, 'Pipe Down' (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Mayo
Gambler Watching Kay Throw Dice (uncredited) Gambler Watching Kay Throw Dice (uncredited)   See fewer
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Patrick McVey
Waiter (uncredited) Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Mower
Booking Sergeant (uncredited) Booking Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Louis Natheaux
Croupier (uncredited) Croupier (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Offerman Jr.
Jitterbug (uncredited) Jitterbug (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lee Phelps
Guard at Police Station (uncredited) Guard at Police Station (uncredited)   See fewer
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John J. Richardson
Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited) Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cyril Ring
Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited) Gambler at Dice Table (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lynne Roberts
Veiled woman in Gus Heiser's audience (uncredited) Veiled woman in Gus Heiser's audience (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cliff Saum
Prisoner (uncredited) Prisoner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Napoleon Simpson
Black Prisoner #2 (uncredited) Black Prisoner #2 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Juanita Stark
Jitterbug (uncredited) Jitterbug (uncredited)   See fewer
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Elliott Sullivan
Waiter #2 at The Jungle (uncredited) Waiter #2 at The Jungle (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mabel Todd
Baby Beth Barton - Singer (uncredited) Baby Beth Barton - Singer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Emmett Vogan
Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited) Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Anthony Warde
Del's Henchman #1 (uncredited) Del's Henchman #1 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Billy Wayne
Waiter #1 at The Jungle (uncredited) Waiter #1 at The Jungle (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ernest Whitman
Black Prisoner #1 (uncredited) Black Prisoner #1 (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.8 / 10 | 874 votes