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Birth of the Blues(1941)

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Jeff grows up near Basin Street in New Orleans, playing his clarinet with the dock workers. He puts together a band, the Basin Street Hot-Shots, which includes a cornet player, Memphis. They struggle to get their jazz music accepted by the cafe society of the city. Betty Lou joins their band as a singer and gets Louie to show her how to do scat singing. Memphis and Jeff both fall in love with Betty Lou.

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MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  Memphis, TN and New Orleans, LA premieres: 31 Oct 1941
Release Date:  1941 Production Date:  AFI
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Sound:  Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording) Production Co:  Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Duration(mins):  80 or 87 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  7,686    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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