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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
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 »
St. Louis Blues was a nice showcase for the singing of Dorothy Lamour and Maxine Sullivan
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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