St. Louis Blues

  • 1939
  • 1 HR 32 MIN
  • NR
  • Musical

A Broadway singing star (Lamour) is tired of her sarong-girl image and of the manager (Cowan) who put her in that garb in the first place. She runs off to Missouri and meets a showboat owner (Nolan), then gets a job singing in his new review. It seems to be smooth sailing but the show is dealt a blow when Frawley, a rival carnival owner, discovers Lamour's...read more

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A Broadway singing star (Lamour) is tired of her sarong-girl image and of the manager (Cowan) who put her in that garb in the first place. She runs off to Missouri and meets a showboat owner (Nolan), then gets a job singing in his new review. It seems to be smooth sailing but the show is

dealt a blow when Frawley, a rival carnival owner, discovers Lamour's true identity and tries to keep the new show from opening by proving that Nolan's new singer is violating an old contract. This is a hit-or-miss effort with some parts working better than others. The musical numbers are what the

film is all about and Lamour gets to vocalize plenty. Her tunes include "Junior" and the title number (by the great W.C. Handy), "Blue Nightfall" (Frank Loesser, Burton Lane), "I Go for That" (Loesser, Matty Malneck), and "Let's Dream in the Moonlight" by none other than director Walsh (who would

make his name for his excellent action features) and Malneck. Sullivan's numbers include "Otchichornya," "Loch Lomond," and "Kinda Lonesome" (Leo Robin, Sam Coslow, Hoagy Carmichael). Loesser and Lane also contributed one other song, "The Song in My Heart Is a Rhumba." Nolan's part was originally

offered to George Raft but the star turned it down.

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