Birth of the Blues

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White man invents the blues! Not even that, actually: White man sings Tin Pan Alley medley, as Bing Crosby's quintet takes the New Orleans jazz scene by storm, aided by Mary Martin and red-hot trumpet man Brian Donlevy. Real jazz presence comes in the form of Jack Teagarden and his trombone, and for anyone expecting at least some black presence in the birth of the blues, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson plays Bing's loyal factotum.

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Release details

Duration: 86 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Victor Schertzinger
Screenwriter: Harry Tugend, Walter DeLeon
Cast: Bing Crosby
Mary Martin
Brian Donlevy
Carolyn Lee
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Jack Teagarden