In this downbeat drama, Davis is a guilt-ridden jazz musician who blames himself for the car accident in which his family is killed. His bitterness and others' prejudices get in the way of his career, and when he walks off stage at a Cincinnati club, his gigs dry up. He meets Tyson, a civil rights activist, but she rejects his advances. Lawford is an uncaring agent who sets up a tour for Davis and his band in the segregated South. The white member of his troupe, Sinatra, Jr., is badly beaten by three white men. Stunned by the violence, Davis joins Armstrong on stage at a casino. He collapses, however, and dies backstage. Ike Jones was the first black to get producer credit in a major Hollywood movie. Songs include "All That Jazz," "Whisper to One" (Benny Carter), "Muskrat Ramble" (Edward Ory, Ray Gilbert), "I Want to Be Wanted," "Playboy Theme," "Back O'Town Blues," and "Someday Sweetheart." Davis' trumpet playing in the film was dubbed by Nat Adderly.