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St. Louis Blues (1939)

A Broadway musical comedy star tires of the same old grind and flees the city. She runs into the skipper of a showboat who befriends her, and they make plans to put together a musical revue... See full summary »

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Raoul Walsh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Lamour ... Norma Malone
Lloyd Nolan ... Dave Geurney
Tito Guízar ... Rafael San Ramos
Jerome Cowan ... Ivan DeBrett
Jessie Ralph ... Aunt Tibbie
William Frawley ... Maj. Martingale
Mary Parker ... Punkins
Maxine Sullivan ... Ida
Cliff Nazarro ... Shorty
Victor Kilian ... Sheriff Burdick
Walter Soderling ... Mr. Hovey
The King's Men The King's Men ... THe King's Men
Virginia Howell ... Mrs. Hovey
Matty Malneck Matty Malneck ... Matty Malneck
Hall Johnson Choir Hall Johnson Choir ... Hall Johnson Choir
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A Broadway musical comedy star tires of the same old grind and flees the city. She runs into the skipper of a showboat who befriends her, and they make plans to put together a musical revue. But a competing carnival owner hatches a scheme to put an end to the show before it begins. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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It's swingtime on the levee!

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joen kuningatar See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Three Sons: St. Louis Blues (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond
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Scottish Traditional Song
Performed by Maxine Sullivan
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St. Louis Blues was a nice showcase for the singing of Dorothy Lamour and Maxine Sullivan
15 February 2019 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This was one of only two movies that showcased African-American singer Maxine Sullivan. The other was Going Places which I reviewed a few days ago. She has more songs to sing here like this movie's title song but it puts her in the kind of costumes her race was confined to during this period of stereotyping. At least one of those songs she warbled was a Scottish tune! The actual star is Dorothy Lamour in which her character says she's tired of all those sarong roles which was what she was known for during this period. So here, she's trying to run from Broadway and goes on a showboat known for putting on shows all over the country like in Baton Rouge (the movie doesn't actually show the city, only words printed on screen showing which ones the boat enters). By the way, Ms. Lamour was a native of New Orleans which is only a couple of hours from BR, a city I currently live in. Don't really feel like recounting the whole plot, only that I really liked St. Louis Blues especially Ms. Lamour and Ms. Sullivan's warbling.


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