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Blues in the Night (1941) was a Film Noir - Drama Film directed by Anatole Litvak and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke.


This adaptation of Edwin Gilbert's play examines a jazz quintet and the lifestyle of the musicians. The story takes a backseat to the strong performances, including the appearance of future directors of fame, Elia Kazan and Richard Whorf. Best remembered for its music, which includes the Academy Award-nominated title song, "Blues in the Night."

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Academy Awards 1941 --- Ceremony Number 14 (source: AMPAS)

Best Music - SongMusic by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by Johnny MercerNominated

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Musical Monday: Blues in the Night (1941)

on Nov 16, 2015 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: ?Blues in the Night? (1941)?... Read full article

Blues in the Night (1941)

By John Grant on Oct 29, 2015 From Noirish

US / 88 minutes / bw / Warner?First National Dir: Anatole Litvak Scr: Robert Rossen, Elia Kazan (uncredited) Story: Hot Nocturne (unproduced play) by Edwin Gilbert Cine: Ernie Haller Cast: Priscilla Lane, Betty Field, Richard Whorf, Lloyd Nolan, Jack Carson, Wally Ford, Elia Kazan, Peter Whitney, Bi... Read full article

Blues in the Night (1941)

By Beatrice on Jun 23, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Blues in the Night Directed by Anatole Litvak Written by Robert Rossen from the play Hot Nocturne by Edwin Gilbert 1941/USA Warner Bros. First viewing/Netflix rental A musical film noir? ?And in 1941 already? ?A white band playing blues? Well, partly. “Jigger” Pine (Richard Whorf) is p... Read full article

Blues in the Night (1941)

By Lindsey on Mar 14, 2012 From The Motion Pictures

Blues in the Night (1941): 4/5 It all starts with a fun, upbeat St. Louis jazz club and a few charismatic characters. Things don’t stay fun for long. A fight breaks out between a musician and a customer, sending the club (and the band members’ lives) into chaos. (via Bril... Read full article

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John Garfield turned down the role of Jigger Pine. In Thank Your Lucky Stars, Mr. Garfield would parody the already classic, Oscar-nominated song for 1941, "Blues in the Night" (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer).
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