||Blues In The Night DVD (2008)
Blues In The Night albums In this backstage musical with film-noir overtones, an up-and-coming jazz singer (Priscilla Lane) is looking for success. When an on-the-lam criminal joins the band and hooks up with a sultry sexpot (Betty Field), it adds a note of doom that resonates all the way to the film's finale. BLUES IN THE NIGHT was directed by Anatole Litvak, but it is also notable for the future filmmakers in its ranks: Robert Rossen (THE HUSTLER) co-wrote the script, Elia Kazan (A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE) plays a clarinet player, and Don Siegel (DIRTY HARRY) created the film's montage sequences.
Jigger Pine's quintet is sockin' 'em solid before hopping a boxcar to the next gig. Not much money in this life. But plenty of tumult involving a criminal (Lloyd Nolan), a songbird (Priscilla Lane), a siren (Betty Field) and those Blues in the Night (the famed title tune and other songs are by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.) Anatole Litvak directs this work packed with future filmmakers: scriptor Robert Rossen, actors-turned-directors Richard Whorf, and Elia Kazan, and Don Siegel, who provides the film's montages. Check your pulse if one of Siegel's inventive sequences doesn't provoke gasps of amazement! ...