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Blues in the Night

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Editorial Reviews

Priscilla Lane, Jack Carson. This early film noir starts with a blues band aspiring to make enough scratch to get by. After tangling with a gangster and a man-eating moll, the band's simple dream is corrupted and their lives are in jeopardy. 1941/b&w/92 min/NR/fullscreen.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Priscilla Lane, Betty Field, Richard Whorf, Lloyd Nolan, Jack Carson
  • Directors: Anatole Litvak
  • Writers: Elia Kazan, Edwin Gilbert, Robert Rossen
  • Producers: Hal B. Wallis, Henry Blanke
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016OM3TK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blues in the Night" on IMDb

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By calvinnme HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 4, 2008
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This is a very offbeat kind of film that is not well known. You'll either really love it - I do - or you'll not care for it at all. Anatole Litvak, who directed so many womens' pictures, directs this odd little film that starts out as a kind of "small town band does good" picture, takes a turn into gangster territory, and then gets really dark with a venture into film noir and mental illness. Nobody in this film was a big name at the time, and I get the feeling it was one of those films that Warner's liked to grind out like sausages in the 30's and 40's that just happened to turn out to be rather special. Great performances are turned in from everyone involved, which includes Priscilla Lane as a good girl with depth, Lloyd Nolan as a gangster with a touch of the entrepreneurial and even a bit of a mentor, Jack Carson as a heel with a large bag of excuses for his behavior, Betty Field as the gangster's moll who aspires to be a singer and also ruins men as a hobby, and Richard Whorf as the musician and bandleader who falls for the moll and also into temporary insanity. Also note that future great director Elia Kazan shows up playing a small part as one of the bandmembers.

Released just three weeks before the beginning of World War II, it provides a snapshot of how the Depression and the era of the gangster were receding into memory just as an age of optimism was beginning that would go on hiatus during the war effort, and restart and peak after the war was over. Great atmosphere and great acting - highly recommended.
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I saw this wonderful story on late night. The acting is superb,story brillant.Betty field as troubled singer, loyd nolan as gangster club owner. this is how stories should flow keeping the watcher interested.
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A movie can be many things... and this movie certainly is many things. Comedy? Musical? Crime story?.. all this and more. It starts off jazzy and bouncy and ends with a fight and a manic car ride through a violent thunderstorm. Johnny Mercer/ Harold Arlen tunes meet double-dealing dames and some great surreal montages courtesy of Don Siegal (Yep. THAT Don Siegal). Look for Elia Kazan as a band member.. all this plus Lloyd Nolan, Jack Carson, Wallace Ford, Priscilla Lane, great camera angles and shadows... I loved this movie for it's sheer jazzy weirdness and noir imagery.

The dvd is packed with great extra features. Two amazing musical shorts: The classic "Jammin' The Blues" (with Lester Young, Joe Jones, Sweets Edison, etc) and "Melody Maker:Jimmy Lunceford (whose orchestra features in the main movie). Also THREE hilarious Warmer Brothers cartoons: "Kitty Kornered" (Porky Pig vs. four ornery cats who wont be kicked out into the snow), "Crooner Swooner" (production at Porky's war-time chicken ranch is disrupted by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby crooning roosters) and "My Favourite Duck" (Daffy Duck turns Porky's fishing holiday into a nightmare) plus a big-band audio outtake of "Blues In The Night" that runs just under 2 minutes. Last but not least, you get the original movie trailer.

Print quality is typical WB excellence. Grab it before it's gone... or becomes over-priced.
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Love this early Film Noir story about struggling jazz muscians looking for fame ,but find death and tragedy in their quest! Betty Field,not mentioned much in most film reviews,but certainly a plus as a perverse and devious little witch who destroys everyone she encounters! All the actors are right in step with their characters, delivering solid performances.I would recommend this film for Film Noir fanatics and anyone who enjoys the Blues.
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Overlooked film drama part film noir, part celebration of jazz music, part social commentary - features future directors Elia Kazan and Richard Whorf in leading roles - fast-paced, well written -recommended.
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I first streamed this fascinating film on the Warner Archive channel available via the newest edition of ROKU received as a coveted Christmas gift December of 2013 .
Yesterday I watched the picture again (I bought a copy) with my parents who were 10 (dad) and 13 (mom) when this picture sprang to life theatrically in 1941 . I was thrilled and excited all over again and my folks loved it .
You'll find Howard Da Silva here . Jack Carson and Lloyd Nolan as well (in the role of a lifetime) The whole cast is fantastic in service of a super-duper-hyper-rat-a-tat script loaded with great enthusiasm and encouragement and hard truths and harsher actions . This picture screams life with spectacular montages and sweet and lovely playing and singing . The acting's uniformly superb and dynamic . See it if you can friends . See it if you can .
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Having seen this film on TCM a few years back there were things about it that stuck with me. Definitely not an MGM film, as much of the action takes place in jail cells, boxcars and roadhouses, more in keeping with a Warner Brothers product, which it is. Not exactly a musical either, this in spite of the fact that music is the focal point of the film. Most of the characters here (incidentally, one of the characters here is actually NAMED Character, lovely Priscilla Lane) are down and out musicians, none of whom have two nickels to rub together most of the time. The lead musician is Jigger (Richard Whorf), a gifted pianist who is also something of a tortured soul, someone who lives for his artistry but tends to make bad decisions, particularly when it comes to women. BLUES IN THE NIGHT possesses a great cast, which includes Jack Carson, Lloyd Nolan, Elia Kazan (yes THAT Elia Kazan), Wallace Ford, Billy Halop (onetime Dead End Kid), Howard Da Silva and Betty Field (as the bad girl who sends Jigger off the rails). There's a lot I like about this film, brisk pace, snappy patter, vivid characters and an earthy lowdown ambiance that lends a noirish flavor to the proceedings. And the music's not bad either. Recommended.
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