Birth of the Blues

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Birth of the Blues
Directed by Victor Schertzinger
Produced by Monta Bell
Written by Harry Tugend
Walter DeLeon
Erwin S. Gelsey
Wilkie C. Mahoney
Starring Bing Crosby
Mary Martin
Brian Donlevy
Carolyn Lee
Music by Robert Emmett Dolan
Cinematography William C. Mellor
Edited by Paul Weatherwax
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
November 7, 1941
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Birth of the Blues is a 1941 American musical film directed by Victor Schertzinger and starring Bing Crosby, Mary Martin and Brian Donlevy. The plot loosely follows the origins and breakthrough success of the Original Dixieland Jass Band in New Orleans. It was well received by critics on its release.[1] It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.



  1. ^ Davis p.63-64


  • Gabbard, Krin. Jammin' at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema. University of Chicago Press, 1996.
  • Davis, Ronald L. Mary Martin: Broadway Legend. University of Oklahoma Press, 2008.

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