St. Louis Blues (1958)

Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but he can't stay away from the music of the streets and workers. After he writes a theme song for a local politician, Gogo, a speakeasy singer, convinces Will to be her accompanist. Will is estranged from his father for many years while he writes and publishes many blues songs. At last the family is reunited when Gogo brings them to New York to see Will's music played by a symphony orchestra.

Directing:
  • Allen Reisner

Writing:
  • Ted Sherdeman
  • Robert Smith

Stars:
Release Date: 1958-04-07
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  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 105
Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
Gogo Germaine
Nat 'King' Cole
Nat 'King' Co...
W.C. Handy
Cab Calloway
Cab Calloway
Blade
Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgera...
Singer
Billy Preston
Billy Preston
Will Handy as a Boy
Juano Hernández
Juano Hernánd...
Rev. Charles Handy
Mahalia Jackson
Mahalia Jacks...
Bessie May
Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
Elizabeth
Pearl Bailey
Pearl Bailey
Aunt Hagar
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