Birth of the Blues
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Birth of the Blues
Rather shaky as history, Birth of the Blues delivers the goods in terms of entertainment, thanks to the unbeatable star combination of Bing Crosby and Mary Martin. Set in New Orleans in the 'teens, the film stars Crosby as clarinetist Jeff Lambert, who breaks away from a traditionalist orchestra to form his own jazz band. His partners in this endeavor are songstress Betty Lou Cobb (Martin) and trumpeter Memphis (Brian Donlevy), a character obviously meant to be a white-bread version of Louis Armstrong. Inspired by the rhythms heard amongst the African American population of Louisiana,… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dated, full of politically incorrect racial edges, but fun musically with Crosby starring."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"A remarkable Bing Crosby vehicle that pays heartfelt homage to the creators and innovators of jazz... It seems almost like the first rock 'n roll movie..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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