St. Louis Blues (1958 film)

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St. Louis Blues
Poster of the 1958 movie St. Louis Blues.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Allen Reisner
Produced by Robert Smith
Written by Ted Sherdeman
Robert Smith
Starring Nat King Cole
Eartha Kitt
Music by W. C. Handy
Cinematography Haskell B. Boggs
Edited by Eda Warren
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • April 7, 1958 (1958-04-07)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

St. Louis Blues is a 1958 American film broadly based on the life of W. C. Handy. It starred jazz and blues greats Nat "King" Cole, Pearl Bailey, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, and Barney Bigard, as well as gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and actress Ruby Dee. The film's soundtrack used over ten of Handy's songs including the title song.

In conjunction with the film, Cole recorded an album of W. C. Handy compositions, arranged by Nelson Riddle, and Fitzgerald incorporated "St. Louis Blues" into her concert repertoire.


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