Birth of the Blues (1941) Movie Details

Birth of the Blues
Birth of the Blues
Robert Emmett Dolan
Paramount Pictures
1 hr 27 mins
Rating: 4.5/10 from 136 users

Birth of the Blues Movie Cast

Bing Crosby
as Jeff Lambert
Mary Martin
as Betty Lou Cobb
Brian Donlevy
as Memphis
Carolyn Lee
as Aunt Phoebe Cobb
J. Carrol Naish
as Blackie
Warren Hymer
as Limpy
Horace McMahon
as Wolf
Ruby Elzy
Ruby Elzy as Ruby
Jack Teagarden
as Pepper
Danny Beck
as Deek
Harry Barris
as Suds
Perry Botkin Sr.
Perry Botkin Sr. as Leo
Minor Watson
as Henri Lambert
Harry Rosenthal
as Piano Player
Donald Kerr
as Skeeter, Barbershop Musician
Barbara Pepper
as Maizie
Cecil Kellaway
as Granet
Ronnie Cosby
as Jeff as a Boy
Ted Lewis
as Himself, Ted Lewis (archive footage)
Duke Ellington
as Himself, Duke Ellington (archive footage)
Louis Armstrong
as Louis Armstrong (archive footage)
Tommy Dorsey
as Tommy Dorsey (archive footage)
Jimmy Dorsey
as Himself, Jimmy Dorsey (archive footage)
Benny Goodman
as Himself, Benny Goodman (archive footage)
Paul Whiteman
as Himself, Paul Whiteman (archive footage)
Roscoe Ates
as Cab Driver (uncredited)
Charles Lane
as Wilbur - Theater Manager (uncredited)
Mantan Moreland
as Black Trumpet Player (uncredited)

Birth of the Blues Crew List

Director :
Story : Harry Tugend
Writer : Walter DeLeon
Producer : Monta Bell , Buddy G. DeSylva
Original Music Composer :
Cinematography : William C. Mellor
Editor : Paul Weatherwax
Art Direction : Hans Dreier , Ernst Fegté
Costume Design : Edith Head
Director of Photography : William C. Mellor

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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.

Birth of the Blues

Birth of the Blues is a 1941 English Film stars Bing Crosby , Victor Schertzinger , Harry Tugend , Walter DeLeon , Monta Bell , Buddy G. DeSylva , Robert Emmett Dolan , William C. Mellor , Paul Weatherwax , Hans Dreier , Ernst Fegté , Edith Head , Mary Martin , Brian Donlevy , Carolyn Lee , Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson , J. Carrol Naish , Warren Hymer , Horace McMahon , Ruby Elzy , Jack Teagarden , Danny Beck , Harry Barris , Perry Botkin Sr. , Minor Watson , Harry Rosenthal , Donald Kerr , Barbara Pepper , Cecil Kellaway , Ronnie Cosby , Ted Lewis , Duke Ellington , Louis Armstrong , Tommy Dorsey , Jimmy Dorsey , Benny Goodman , Paul Whiteman , Roscoe Ates , Charles Lane , Mantan Moreland , William C. Mellor , directed by Victor Schertzinger & music by Robert Emmett Dolan.