St. Louis Blues (Paramount 1939, Dorothy Lamour, Lloyd Nolan)

St Louis Blues

In romantic comedy drama St Louis Blues Dorothy Lamour seems to wink at her public image as she packs her sarong and runs away from a New York manager who exploits her to a Missouri riverboat where Lloyd Nolan puts her in his new show. Nolan’s competitor (William Frawley) tries to stop the successful show by revealing that Lamour walked out on a contract. This is mostly an excuse to stage W. C. Handy’s title masterpiece and the many other songs.

In contrast to his work on what is essentially a musical comedy, director Raoul Walsh became best known for helming tough dramas such as The Roaring Twenties (1939) with James Cagney and the western They Died With Their Boots On (1941).

St Louis Blues

Cast: Dorothy Lamour, Cliff Nazarro, Lloyd Nolan, Jerome Cowan, Joseph Crehan, William Frawley,

Director: Raoul Walsh
Producer: Jeff Lazarus
Original Story: Eleanore Griffin, William Rankin
Director of Photography: Theodor Sparkuhl
Editor: William Shea
Composer: Frank Loesser
Screenwriters: Malcolm Stuart Boylan, Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, Virginia Van Upp
Art Director: Hans Dreier
Choreographer: Leroy Prinz

USA / Paramount / 92 minutes / 1939

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