Scott Joplin


1h 36m 1977

Brief Synopsis

The life story of famed ragtime composer and pianist Scott Joplin is told. Born in the 19th century, racism had kept the brilliant African American in the lower echelons of show business, but when he introduced his composition "The Maple Leaf Rag" in a musical competition, he gained the attention of

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1977

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

The life story of famed ragtime composer and pianist Scott Joplin is told. Born in the 19th century, racism had kept the brilliant African American in the lower echelons of show business, but when he introduced his composition "The Maple Leaf Rag" in a musical competition, he gained the attention of a Caucasian music publisher. Joplin agreed to sell the piece for a low price, hoping that it would lead to success upon publication. In fact, it did result in Ragtime music becoming an American craze and made him a rich man. Unhappy that the genre was not considered to be respectable, Joplin longed to write a concerto or opera, but his talents began to wane along with his health at the age of 49.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1977

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Quotes

I was remembering the time we said we'd marry. Does it embarass you so much to talk about it?
- Belle
Ultimately, you'll see that I was wise not to talk about it.
- Scott
You needn't stop talking altogether, you know. I've been made love to before. I know a lot about love. But it wasn't the same with them as it was with you. With you I felt soft and sorry inside. No matter how much you rejected me, I could stand it. Not anymore.
- Belle
You were overpowered by the extravagance of sound, the sheer weight of volume. Your music was never meant to compete at that level. It was just never heard.
- John
Well, it will be heard! If volume is what they want, volume is what they'll get!
- Scott
What are you talking about?
- John
I'm going to write an opera.
- Scott
An opera?
- John
Get up from the piano, boy. You're hurting its feelings.
- Man at Audition
Where'd you get the mattress?
- Scott
Stole it.
- Louis
Steal another.
- Scott

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter February 1, 1977

Released in United States Winter February 1, 1977