Birth of the Blues (1941)

Director: Victor Schertzinger

Writer(s): Harry Tugend, Walter DeLeon, Erwin S. Gelsey, Wilkie C. Mahoney

Starring: Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Brian Donlevy, Carolyn Lee, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson, J. Carrol Naish, Warren Hymer, Horace McMahon, Ruby Elzy, Jack Teagarden, Danny Beck, Harry Barris, Perry Botkin Sr., Minor Watson, Harry Rosenthal, Donald Kerr, Barbara Pepper, Cecil Kellaway, Ronnie Cosby, Ted Lewis, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Paul Whiteman, Rose Allen, Roscoe Ates, Kathryn Bates, Brooks Benedict, Nell Craig, Jimmie Dundee, Pearl Early, Sarah Edwards, Edward Emerson, Betty Farrington, John Gallaudet, Grace Hayle, Brandon Hurst, Payne B. Johnson, Yvonne Jungquist, Alice Keating, Richard Keene, Charles Lane, Jeni Le Gon, Jimmie Lucas, James T. Mack, Sam McDaniel, John ‘Skins’ Miller, Bert Moorhouse, Mantan Moreland, Edmund Mortimer, Joe Ploski, Oscar Polk, Victor Potel, Lillian Randolph, Keith Richards, Cyril Ring, Bert Roach, Constantine Romanoff, Hayden Stevenson, Mary Thomas, Bess Wade, Evelyn West, Pat West, Ernest Whitman, Guy Wilkerson, Harry Wilson

Synopsis: Jeff grows up near Basin Street in New Orleans, playing his clarinet with the dock workers. He puts together a band, the Basin Street Hot-Shots, which includes a cornet player, Memphis. They struggle to get their jazz music accepted by the cafe society of the city. Betty Lou joins their band as a singer and gets Louie to show her how to do scat singing. Memphis and Jeff both fall in love with Betty Lou.

Release Date: November 7, 1941 (USA) | Length: 87 min | Genre: Comedy, Music | Certificate: Approved

Note: I didn’t find a trailer. Above is a clip from the film.