Pete Kelly's Blues

Jazz addicts may have a special interest in the musical frame. Beyond this special-interest factor is a melodramatic story that catches the mood of the Prohibition era. Jack Webb enacts a cornet player in a 1927 Kansas City speakeasy. Mostly it develops as a gangster picture (without the cops) with a Dixieland accompaniment.

Plot around which the music is woven has to do with the move-in into the band field by Edmond O’Brien, smalltime bootlegger-racketeer, and the abortive efforts at resistance made by Webb to protect his small outfit. Webb’s understatement of his character is good and Peggy Lee scores a personal hit with her portrayal of a fading singer taken to the bottle.

USA
95'
1955

Director
Jack Webb

Script
Richard L. Breen

Cinematography
Harold Rosson

Editing
Robert M. Leeds

Production
Jack Webb

Cast
Andy Devine
Edmond O'Brien
Ella Fitzgerald
Herbert Ellis
Jack Webb
Janet Leigh
Jayne Mansfield
John Dennis
Lee Marvin
Martin Milner
Peggy Lee
Than Wyenn

Music
David Buttolph
Ray Heindorf

Festivals
21st Festival on Wheels
4- Jazz Goes To Movies