Birth of the Blues (1941), Blue Skies (1946) DVD9
This Bing Crosby features two of the legendary troubadour's best loved films: Birth of the Blues, which pairs Crosby with Mary Martin in 1920s New Orleans, and Blue Skies, featuring the dueling talents of Fred Astaire and Mr. Crosby. See individual titles for details.

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:22:25 + 01:39:17 | 7.82 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Czech(Ceske), Dansk, Nederlands, Suomi, Magyar, Norsk, Polish, Svenska
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance


Birth of the Blues (1941)

When Jeff Lambert (Bing Crosby) was a boy in 1890s New Orleans he dutifully took clarinet lessons as ordered by his classical musician father, but it was not classical music that he liked to perform. When his father was looking the other way, Jeff would head off to Basin Street to be with the jazz crowd, joining in, much to their surprise. However when his father tracked him down with the help of manservant Louey (Eddie Anderson), Jeff was scolded severely, and dragged back to his practice. Yet the love of jazz never left him, and when he grew up he started a white band of musicians, against the popular style..

The film pays homage to Dixieland greats such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, and contains many musical numbers filled with cool clarinets and sizzling jam sessions, such as: "Birth of the Blues", "Melancholy Baby", "St. Louis Blues", and "St. James Infirmary."

Director: Victor Schertzinger
Cast: Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Brian Donlevy, Carolyn Lee, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Country: USA

Blue Skies (1946)

Radio broadcaster Jed Potter opens his radio program by telling his audience about three performers who were influenced by Irving Berlin's music: In 1919, when the song "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" is a hit, Jed is in love with pretty chorus girl Mary O'Hara. However, Mary falls in love with Jed's former vaudeville partner, crooner and shiftless nightclub owner Johnny Adams.

Thirty-two Irving Berlin songs pop up in one form or another (down from the originally planned 42!), including "Heat Wave," "A Couple of Song and Dance Men," "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "White Christmas" and "You Keep Coming Back Like a Song," a new tune which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Directors: Stuart Heisler, Mark Sandrich
Cast: Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Joan Caulfield, Billy De Wolfe, Olga San Juan, Frank Faylen
Country: USA

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