Pete Kelly's Blues
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Rest assured, it is indeed widescreen. It sounds great, and it looks great with a couple of numbers by Ella Fitzgerald. However, this is not anything close to a musical. Rather it is a 20's gangster tale that involves Pete Kelly (Jack Webb) and his band. For those of you who remember Dragnet, Webb's narration might have you thinking of Dragnet just a little too much. Webb also directed this film, and he did a great job of giving it a real 20's feel. You don't feel like you're looking at a bunch of people from the 50's dressed up for a 20's costume party.
The only thing bad I can say about it is I had a hard time figuring out Pete Kelly's motivation. A person close to him is killed, and he is ready to give in to the gangster responsible and forget the whole thing ever happened. He finds out another person he barely knows has been killed by the same gangster and he's ready for war. He tosses an eager and beautiful Janet Leigh out of his room in one scene, and in the next scene he's overjoyed to see her to the point of wanting to marry her. The clinical acting style that worked so well for Webb in Dragnet just left me a little confused here. Still, overall, I would recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A classic and the transfer is as good as can be expected. If you know Jack Webb's acting style - stiff and matter-of-fact - then you will most likely enjoy the movie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Henry Frankenberg
Good movie. Great music. Loved the cigarette girl. Her name was Jane Mansfield. She was in her first screen role.Published 6 months ago by William Penn
Peggy Lee, Jack Webb Janet Leigh and Lee Marvin were as wonderful as I remembered.Published 7 months ago by Kay Markham
What a stiff actor Jack Webb is! He pulled it off in "Dragnet" but not here. Lot's of cliche's, really a dud. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gene N Fowler
PETE KELLY'S BLUES. The 1955 movie was based on a 1951 summer replacement radio series of the same name. It was a fine show and used the same musicians. Read morePublished 7 months ago by RADIO GUY
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