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St Louis Blues (1929 film)

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Director  Dudley Murphy
Produced by  W. C. Handy
Country  United States
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Genre  Short, Drama, Music
Writer  Dudley Murphy
Language  English
St Louis Blues (1929 film) movie poster
Cast  Bessie Smith (herself), Hall Johnson Choir (themselves), James P. Johnson (the pianist), Alec Lovejoy (the cornetist), Jimmy Mordecai (Jimmy the Pimp), Isabel Washington
Release date  November 5, 1929 (1929-11-05)
Genres  Short Film, Drama, Musical, Black-and-white, Musical Drama
Similar movies  Related Dudley Murphy movies

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St. Louis Blues is a 1929 American two-reel short film starring Bessie Smith. The early sound film features Smith in an African-American speakeasy of the prohibition era singing the W. C. Handy standard, "St. Louis Blues". Directed by Dudley Murphy, it is the only known film of Bessie Smith, and the soundtrack is her only recording not controlled by Columbia Records.


St Louis Blues (1929 film) movie scenes

Bessie Smith had a hit on the song in 1925 and Handy himself asked Bessie Smith to appear in the movie. Handy co-authored the film and was the musical director. The film was a dramatization of the song, a woman left alone by her roving man. It features a band that included James P. Johnson on piano, Thomas Morris and Joe Smith on cornet, as well as the Hall Johnson Choir with some thrilling harmonies at the end.

The film has an all African-American cast. Bessie Smith co-stars with the dancer and actor Jimmy Mordecai as the boyfriend and Isabel Washington Powell as the other woman.

It was filmed in June 1929 in Astoria, Queens. The film is about 16 minutes long. In 2006, this version was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

St louis blues with bessie smith 1929


  • Bessie Smith as Herself
  • Hall Johnson Choir as Themselves
  • James P. Johnson as Pianist (uncredited)
  • Alec Lovejoy as Bit Role (uncredited)
  • Jimmy Mordecai as Jimmy the Pimp (uncredited)
  • Thomas Morris as Cornetist (uncredited)
  • Isabel Washington (uncredited)
  • References

    St. Louis Blues (1929 film) Wikipedia
    St. Louis Blues (1929 film) IMDb St Louis Blues (1929 film)

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