St. Louis Blues (1958)

Director: Allen Reisner

Writer(s): Ted Sherdeman, Robert Smith

Starring: Nat ‘King’ Cole, Eartha Kitt, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Ruby Dee, Juano Hernandez, Teddy Buckner, Barney Bigard, George ‘Red’ Callender, Lee Young, George Washington, Billy Preston, Pearl Bailey, C. Bakaleinikoff, Bill Baldwin, Miles Clark, Fay Fifer, Roy Glenn, William E. Green, Jester Hairston, Bobby Johnson, Jay Loft-Lyn, Sam McDaniel, Morgan Roberts, Ralph Sanford, Arthur Space, Nick Stewart, Hal Taggart, Buck Woods

Synopsis: The life of legendary bluesman W.C. Handy is highly dramatized in this tuneful biopic. The story opens as his father, a minister chastises his son for playing “the devil’s music.” Despite his father’s admonitions, Handy is drawn to the blues.

Release Date: April 7, 1958 (USA) | Length: 105 min | Genre: Biography, Drama, Music | MPAA Rating: NR

 

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