St. Louis Blues (1958 film)

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St. Louis Blues
Poster of the 1958 movie St. Louis Blues.jpg
Film poster
Directed byAllen Reisner
Produced byRobert Smith
Written byTed Sherdeman
Robert Smith
StarringNat King Cole
Eartha Kitt
Music byW. C. Handy
CinematographyHaskell B. Boggs
Edited byEda Warren
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 7, 1958 (1958-04-07)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States

St. Louis Blues is a 1958 American film broadly based on the life of W. C. Handy. It stars 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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