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St. Louis Blues (1929)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Music | 8 September 1929 (USA)
In this all-black cast short, legendary blues singer Bessie Smith finds her gambler lover Jimmy messin' with a pretty, younger woman; he leaves and she sings the blues, with chorus and ... See full summary »

Director:

Dudley Murphy

Writer:

Dudley Murphy
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bessie Smith ... Bessie - Battered Wife
Jimmy Mordecai Jimmy Mordecai ... Jimmy the Pimp
Isabel Washington Isabel Washington ... Jimmy's Girlfriend
Hall Johnson Choir Hall Johnson Choir ... Choir
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edgar Connor Edgar Connor ... Craps game leader
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Storyline

In this all-black cast short, legendary blues singer Bessie Smith finds her gambler lover Jimmy messin' with a pretty, younger woman; he leaves and she sings the blues, with chorus and dancers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

QUEEN OF THE BLUES (original poster-all caps)

Genres:

Short | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This short film starring Bessie Smith was built around the blues singer's song of the same title. It is the only footage of her in existence. See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Black Entertainment (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

St. Louis Blues
(uncredited)
Written by W.C. Handy
Sung by Bessie Smith
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Catch Rare Film Appearances in this Early Sound Short
8 December 1998 | by IboChildSee all my reviews

See why Bessie Smith was called the "Empress of the Blues" in this early sound short. An actress she was not, but the power and expression conveyed in her singing voice as she belts out the W.C. Handy composition of the title track is incredible. This film also gives you a rare glimpse of the talent of Jimmy Mordecai. One could only imagine what they could have accomplished had they been given the opportunity afforded other actors of their time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The St. Louis Blues See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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