Blues in the Night (1941)

87 or 88-89 mins | Drama, Musical | 15 November 1941

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writer:

Robert Rossen

Cinematographer:

Ernest Haller

Editor:

Owen Marks

Production Designer:

Max Parker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to contracts included in the file on the film at USC Cinema-Television Library, Elia Kazan collaborated with Edwin Gilbert on the play, but for reasons that were not made clear in the file, agreed to have his name removed from the credits. The film's working titles were Hot Nocturne and New Orleans Blues . News items in HR note that the film was originally to star James Cagney and that Dennis Morgan was considered as his replacement. Richard Whorf then replaced John Garfield in the lead. Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen received an Academy Award nomination for their song "Blues in the ... More Less

According to contracts included in the file on the film at USC Cinema-Television Library, Elia Kazan collaborated with Edwin Gilbert on the play, but for reasons that were not made clear in the file, agreed to have his name removed from the credits. The film's working titles were Hot Nocturne and New Orleans Blues . News items in HR note that the film was originally to star James Cagney and that Dennis Morgan was considered as his replacement. Richard Whorf then replaced John Garfield in the lead. Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen received an Academy Award nomination for their song "Blues in the Night." More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
1 Nov 1941.
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Daily Variety
29 Oct 41
p. 3.
Down Beat
15 Jun 43
p. 7.
Down Beat
1 Sep 45
p. 7.
Film Daily
30 Oct 41
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Apr 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
27 May 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Oct 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Nov 41
p. 343.
New York Times
12 Dec 41
p. 35.
Variety
5 Nov 41
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Mont
MAKEUP
Makeup art
STAND INS
Trumpet playing for Jack Carson
Trumpet playing for Jack Carson
Pianist for Richard Whorf
Clarinet solos
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Hot Nocturne by Edwin Gilbert (unproduced).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Blues in the Night," "This Time the Dream's on Me," "Hang on to Your Lids, Kids" and "Says Who? Says You, Says I," music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Hot Nocturne
New Orleans Blues
Release Date:
15 November 1941
Production Date:
mid June--late July 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 October 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10817
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
87 or 88-89
Length(in feet):
7,875
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Pianist Jigger Pine organizes a quintet consisting of drummer Peppi, clarinet player Nickie Haroyan, bass player Pete Bassett and trumpeter Leo Powell, which is dedicated to playing jazz and blues. Together with Leo's wife Character, a singer, the group plays throughout the South, hitchhiking and hopping trains to get around. Along the way, Character becomes pregnant, but refuses to tell Leo because she is afraid that he will leave her. One day, a man named Del Davis rides in the same railroad car and steals the band's meager funds. When they do not turn him in to the authorities, Davis, an escaped convict, offers to give them a job at the New Jersey roadhouse that he owns. Also at the roadhouse are Davis' former accomplices, Sam Paryas, crippled Brad Ames and sultry Kay Grant. The three are not happy to see Davis, whom they set up to take the blame for their crimes. Working well together, the band soon draws a lively crowd to the roadhouse. Hoping to make Davis jealous, Kay flirts with Leo, and Jigger begs her not to break up the band. Kay ignores Jigger, but when Leo learns he is to be a father, he happily devotes himself to Character. Kay then transfers her attentions to Jigger, who tries to resist her, but when a doctor tells Character that she must stop singing until after the baby is born, Jigger suggests that Kay take her place. Despite the protests of the band, Jigger works hard to improve Kay's singing. When she finally rebels, Jigger tells her that he loves her. Brad overhears and advises ... +


Pianist Jigger Pine organizes a quintet consisting of drummer Peppi, clarinet player Nickie Haroyan, bass player Pete Bassett and trumpeter Leo Powell, which is dedicated to playing jazz and blues. Together with Leo's wife Character, a singer, the group plays throughout the South, hitchhiking and hopping trains to get around. Along the way, Character becomes pregnant, but refuses to tell Leo because she is afraid that he will leave her. One day, a man named Del Davis rides in the same railroad car and steals the band's meager funds. When they do not turn him in to the authorities, Davis, an escaped convict, offers to give them a job at the New Jersey roadhouse that he owns. Also at the roadhouse are Davis' former accomplices, Sam Paryas, crippled Brad Ames and sultry Kay Grant. The three are not happy to see Davis, whom they set up to take the blame for their crimes. Working well together, the band soon draws a lively crowd to the roadhouse. Hoping to make Davis jealous, Kay flirts with Leo, and Jigger begs her not to break up the band. Kay ignores Jigger, but when Leo learns he is to be a father, he happily devotes himself to Character. Kay then transfers her attentions to Jigger, who tries to resist her, but when a doctor tells Character that she must stop singing until after the baby is born, Jigger suggests that Kay take her place. Despite the protests of the band, Jigger works hard to improve Kay's singing. When she finally rebels, Jigger tells her that he loves her. Brad overhears and advises Jigger to keep away from Kay, adding that his own love for Kay resulted in the accident that crippled him. When Kay tries to win Davis back by revealing Sam's plan to turn him in to the police, he kills Sam and orders Kay to leave. Despite his loyalty to the band, Jigger takes a job playing piano for a more traditional band and leaves with Kay. Jigger longs to return, but when he begs Kay to come with him, she laughs at him, saying that she has always been in love with Davis. The rejected Jigger goes on a drunken binge and is eventually found by his friends, who bring him back to the roadhouse to recover. Shortly afterward, Kay also returns to beg Davis to take her back. When he refuses, Kay angrily threatens to turn him in, forcing Davis to pull a gun on her. Jigger rushes to Kay's defense, and in the struggle, Davis drops the gun, which Kay then uses to kill him. Jigger is about to leave with Kay, but the band members intercede, telling him that the stress of the last separation caused Character to lose her baby. Not wanting Jigger to ruin his life, Brad drives Kay over a cliff, killing them both. Together again, the band goes back on the road. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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