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Birth of the Blues

Directed by Victor Schertzinger
1941    87m    Not Rated
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 Louey to show her how to do scat singing. Memphis and Jeff both fall in love with Betty Lou.
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Cast of Birth of the Blues
  • Bing CrosbyJeff Lambert
  • Mary MartinBetty Lou Cobb
  • Brian DonlevyMemphis
  • Carolyn LeeAunt Phoebe Cobb
  • Eddie 'Rochester' AndersonLouey
  • J. Carrol NaishBlackie
  • Warren HymerLimpy
  • Horace McMahonWolf
  • Ruby ElzyRuby
  • Jack TeagardenPepper
  • Danny BeckDeek
  • Harry BarrisSuds
  • Perry Botkin Sr.Leo
  • Minor WatsonHenri Lambert
  • Harry RosenthalPiano Player
  • Donald KerrSkeeter, Barbershop Musician
  • Barbara PepperMaizie
  • Cecil KellawayGranet
  • Ronnie CosbyJeff as a Boy
  • Ted LewisSelf (archive footage)
  • Duke EllingtonSelf (archive footage)
  • Louis ArmstrongSelf (archive footage)
  • Tommy DorseySelf (archive footage)
  • Jimmy DorseySelf (archive footage)
  • Benny GoodmanSelf (archive footage)
  • Paul WhitemanSelf (archive footage)
  • Roscoe AtesCab Driver (uncredited)
  • Charles LaneWilbur - Bijou Theater Manager (uncredited)
  • Mantan MorelandBlack Trumpet Player (uncredited)
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