Carolina Blues

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Ann Miller (Kiss Me Kate, You Can’t Take It with You) plays the ingénue who steps into the role of vocalist when Kay Kyser’s band comes to town. Kyser, who’s ready for a holiday, is roped into putting on a show for defense plant workers by his publicist... read more
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Ann Miller (Kiss Me Kate, You Can’t Take It with You) plays the ingénue who steps into the role of vocalist when Kay Kyser’s band comes to town. Kyser, who’s ready for a holiday, is roped into putting on a show for defense plant workers by his publicist (Jeff Donnell, In a Lonely Place). But Georgia Carroll, Kyser’s vocalist, is already set to leave the band to get married. The conflicts are the typical plot points of the “show-must-go-on” Hollywood musical, but the performances are the central feature of the film. Ann Miller’s dancing, the on-stage antics of Kyser’s orchestra (including stalwarts Harry Babbitt, Sully Mason, and Ish Kabibble), Harold Nicholas, and a variety of other specialty numbers fill out the bill, not to forget Victor Moore (Swing Time, Make Way for Tomorrow), who has several turns as various members of the Carver clan. Newly remastered.

Original Release

12/20/1944

US Release

12/20/1944

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Cast

Kay Kyser Kay Kyser / Himself
Ann Miller Julie Carver
Victor Moore Aunt Minerva Carver / Phineas / Elliott / Hiriam / Horatio / Aunt Martha
Jeff Donnell Charlotte Barton
Howard Freeman Tom Gordon
Georgia Carroll Band Singer
M.A. Bogue Ish Kabibble
Harry Babbitt Band Member
Sully Mason Band Member
Harold Nicholas Dance Specialty
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Leigh Jason

Writers

Joseph Hoffman, Al Martin, M.M. Musselman, Kenneth Earl, Jack Henley

Cast

Kay Kyser Kay Kyser / Himself
Ann Miller Julie Carver
Victor Moore Aunt Minerva Carver / Phineas / Elliott / Hiriam / Horatio / Aunt Martha
Jeff Donnell Charlotte Barton
Howard Freeman Tom Gordon
Georgia Carroll Band Singer
M.A. Bogue Ish Kabibble
Harry Babbitt Band Member
Sully Mason Band Member
Harold Nicholas Dance Specialty
The Cristiani Family Acrobatic Specialty
The Layson Brothers Specialty
The Four Step Brothers Tap Dance Specialty Quartette
Kay Kyser Band Kay Kyser Band
June Richmond Singer in 'Mr. Beebe' number
Eddie Acuff Eddie
Elvia Allman Loud Kyser Fan
Lennie Bluett Dancer in 'Mr. Beebe'
Mildred Boyd Dancer in 'Mr. Beebe'
Anise Boyer Dancer in 'Mr. Beebe'

Producers

Editors

James Sweeney

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