Ballad in Blue

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Ballad in Blue
"Ballad in Blue" (1964).jpg
Directed byPaul Henreid
Produced byHerman Blaser
Written byPaul Henreid
Burton Wohl
StarringRay Charles
Tom Bell
Mary Peach
Dawn Addams
Piers Bishop
Music byBernie Fenton
CinematographyRobert Huke
Edited byRaymond Poulton
John Trumper
Ardmore Studios, Bray, Ireland
Distributed by20th Century Fox (original)
StudioCanal (current)
Release date
  • 1964 (1964)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Ballad in Blue (originally titled Blues for Lovers) is a 1964 film starring R&B legend Ray Charles. The movie was the last of actor Paul Henreid's theatrical-film directorial efforts.[1]


Ray Charles plays himself in this film where he helps blind boy David (Piers Bishop) in his struggle to regain his sight. David’s over-protective mother Peggy (Mary Peach) is afraid of the risks connected with restoring his sight. Ray tries to help the whole family, offering the heavy-drinking Peggy’s heavy-drinking partner Steve (Tom Bell) an opportunity to work with his band.[2]

Sub-plots include fashion designer Gina (Dawn Addams) trying to lure Steve; and Margaret (Lucy Appleby) encouraging David to sneak out and wander around London late at night on a mischievous adventure.



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  1. ^ Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  2. ^ Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Ballad In Blue", British Film Institute.
  4. ^ "Ballad In Blue" at International Movie Data base.
  5. ^ "E.T.U. electricians picket Ardmore Studios, Bray, Co. Wicklow, where the film 'Ballad in Blue', starring singer Ray Charles and Dawn Addams, is in production", Irish Photo Archive.
  6. ^ "Ballad In Blue", DVD Talk.

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