Blues in the Night (1941)
"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.
Cast and Crew:
Edwin Gilbert and Elia Kazan (play); Robert Rossen (screen play)
Priscilla Lane, Betty Field, Richard Whorf, Lloyd Nolan, Jack Carson, Wallace Ford, Elia Kazan, Peter Whitney, Billy Halop, Howard Da Silva, Joyce Compton, Herbert Heywood, George Lloyd, Charles C. Wilson, Matt McHugh, Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra, Will Osborne's Orchestra, William 'Bill' Phillips, Jean Ames, Leah Baird, Brooks Benedict, Wade Boteler, Hal K. Dawson, Dudley Dickerson, John Dilson, Faith Domergue, Roland Drew, Ann Edmonds, Faye Emerson, William Gillespie, David Gorcey, Sol Gorss, Eddie Graham, Harrison Greene, Creighton Hale, John Hamilton, Robert Homans, William Hopper, Charles Irwin, Edward Keane, Fred Kelsey, Hank Mann, Frank Mayo, Patrick McVey, Jack Mower, Louis Natheaux, George Offerman Jr., Lee Phelps, John J. Richardson, Cyril Ring, Lynne Roberts, Cliff Saum, Napoleon Simpson, Juanita Stark, Elliott Sullivan, Mabel Todd, Emmett Vogan, Anthony Warde, Billy Wayne, Ernest Whitman
Henry Blanke, Hal B. Wallis
Release Date: November 15, 1941 (USA) | Length: 88 min | Genre: Crime, Drama, Music | Certificate: Passed