Carolina Blues

Carolina Blues

Director: Leigh Jason

Cast: Ann Miller, Victor Moore, Jeff Donnell

     
 

In his final starring film, bandleader Kay Kyser is cast as bandleader Kay Kyser. Picking up where Kyser's previous RKO Radio film Around the World left off, Columbia's Carolina Blues finds Kay and his band returning to America after a worldwide USO tour. Phineas J. Carver (Victor Moore), the woebegone "black sheep"scion of a powerful family of…  See more details below

Overview

In his final starring film, bandleader Kay Kyser is cast as bandleader Kay Kyser. Picking up where Kyser's previous RKO Radio film Around the World left off, Columbia's Carolina Blues finds Kay and his band returning to America after a worldwide USO tour. Phineas J. Carver (Victor Moore), the woebegone "black sheep"scion of a powerful family of industrialists, poses as one of his wealthier relatives to persuade Kyser to perform at a defense plant. When Kyser's regular vocalist Georgia Carroll quits the band to get married, Carver's talented daughter Julie (Ann Miller) steps in as replacement. Naturally, Julie is a hit, and equally naturally, she lands Kyser as a husband. Outside of the expected musical numbers (which, in addtion to Kyser's aggregation, feature such artists as The Step Brothers and the Nicholas Brothers) Carolina Blues is highlighted by the bravura performance of Victor Moore, who essays five roles in all. Ironically, singer Georgia Carroll did retire from show business in real life to get married-to Kay Kyser!

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Kay Kyser proves a reasonably adept comedic actor -- at least when it comes to playing himself -- in this musical comedy with a patriotic subtext, made at the height of the Second World War. What's more, the writers and director Jason Leigh, despite limiting themselves to working on Hollywood soundstages, have successfully captured a realistic ambience of the North Carolina counties that Kyser called home, and on that basis alone, Carolina Blues would be of interest. But then there are the exceptional performance sequences, most notably an extended production number set to the song "Mr. Beebe" and featuring Harold Nicholas and the Step Brothers, that's worth the price of admission by itself -- no one has ever done dancing like that, before or since, and in 2007 it still elicits waves of applause at theatrical screenings.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/03/2012
UPC:
0043396395534
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
60,503

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ann Miller Julie Carver
Victor Moore Phineas, Elliott, Hiriam, Horatio, Aunt Martha, Aunt
Jeff Donnell Charlotte Barton
Howard Freeman Tom Gordon
Georgia Carroll Herself
M.A. Bogue Ish Kabibble
Harry Babbitt Himself
Sully Mason Himself
Diane Pendleton Diana
Doodles Weaver Skinny
Dorothea Kent Maisie
Frank Orth Cab Driver
Eddie Acuff Eddie
Harold Nicholas Specialty
Ish Kabibble Actor
Step Brothers Actor
Christians Actor
June Richmond Specialty
Robert B. Williams Robert Frisby
Kay Kyser Actor

Technical Credits
Leigh Jason Director
Lionel Banks Production Designer
Sam Bischoff Producer
Dudley Brooks Songwriter
Walter Bullock Songwriter
Sammy Cahn Score Composer,Songwriter
George Duning Songwriter
Kenneth Earl Original Story,Screenwriter
Jack Henley Screenwriter
Joseph Hoffman Screenwriter
Edward C. Jewell Production Designer
George Kelley Cinematographer
George Kelly Camera Operator
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Al Martin Screenwriter
M.M. Musselman Original Story,Screenwriter
Ray Nazarro Asst. Director
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Jule Styne Score Composer,Songwriter
James Sweeney Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Carolina Blues
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [10:00]
9. Chapter 9 [1:38]

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