Rockin' the Blues (1955)

Sub-Genres - Rock Musical  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Rockin' the Blues was one of the last films to be specifically aimed at all-black theatres in segregated communities. Little more than a filmed revue, the story has something to do with a camp show staged for black GIs by New York deejay Hal Jackson. Foremost among the musical groups is The Hurricanes, whose production number about army life is a knockout. Comedy is provided by Mantan Moreland and his partner Flournoy Miller, who trot out their tried and true "interrupted conversation" routine, among others. The remaining specialty acts include Connie Carroll, The Wanderers, The Harptones and The Five Miller Sisters. Production values in Rockin' the Blues range from shoddy to nonexistent, but it cannot be denied that the film is brimming over with energy.



blues-music, military