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Too Late Blues (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | November 1961 (UK)
Ghost is an ideological musician who would rather play his blues in the park to the birds than compromise himself. However, when he meets and falls in love with beautiful singer Jess ... See full summary »

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John Cassavetes
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bobby Darin ... John 'Ghost' Wakefield
Stella Stevens ... Jess Polanski
Everett Chambers Everett Chambers ... Benny Flowers
Nick Dennis ... Nick Bubalinas
Vince Edwards ... Tommy Sheehan (as Vincent Edwards)
Val Avery ... Milt Frielobe
Marilyn Clark Marilyn Clark ... Countess
James Joyce James Joyce ... Reno Vitelli
Rupert Crosse Rupert Crosse ... Baby Jackson
Mario Gallo ... Recording Engineer
Alan Hopkins Alan Hopkins ... Skipper Camez (as J. Alan Hopkins)
Cliff Carnell ... Charlie
Richard Chambers Richard Chambers ... Pete (as Richard O. Chambers)
Seymour Cassel ... Red
Dan Stafford Dan Stafford ... Shelley
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Storyline

Ghost is an ideological musician who would rather play his blues in the park to the birds than compromise himself. However, when he meets and falls in love with beautiful singer Jess Polanski, she comes between him and his band members, and he leaves his dreams behind in search of fame. Written by David Gibson <djg6@ukc.ac.uk>

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The Bold Story Of A Man Caught Between Two Strange Loves!

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1961 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La canción del olvido See more »

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Budget:

$375,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia

Allyson Ames's first film. See more »

Soundtracks

Blues for Tomorrow
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Music by David Raksin
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Between experiment and mainstream.
21 July 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Coming after "shadows" and preceding "a child is waiting" ,"too late blues" is some kind of arithmetic mean between them.Not overtly avant-garde ,but never really mainstream,unlike the 1959 movie ,it has a screenplay and most of the dialogues are not improvised:actually they sometimes seem "carefully" written.

Stella Stevens gives a wistful sad performance ,diametrically opposite to later parts such as those of "girls girls girls" (!)or 'the silencers".Her singing -or that of the singer who dubs her?- looks like a moaning which stunningly blends with the boys' music.

"Too late blues" keeps a rather loose plot,but "a child is waiting "would take its "conventional " side and tighten it up:as a result ,Cassavetes would disown "a child..." and go back to less accessible works such as his debut.


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