St. Louis Blues (1939)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Dorothy Lamour had been playing "sarong girls" long enough to parody her screen character in 1939's Best of the Blues. Tired of portraying jungle princesses, a temperamental Broadway star (Lamour) runs out on her manager (Jerome Cowan) and joins a Mississippi showboat under a phony name. Incredibly, none of the showboat audiences recognize this supposedly world-famous star, and she becomes the toast of the South--as well as the object of boat owner Lloyd Nolan's affections. When the truth comes out, Nolan spurns Lamour, but they're back together for the musical finale. Best of the Blues is the television title for St. Louis Blues; the change was made to avoid confusion with the 1958 biopic of W.C. Handy, also titled St. Louis Blues.



blackmail, career, contract, disguise, employment, identity, impersonation, life-changes, manager, owner, refugee, river, riverboat, show, showboat, showgirl, songwriter, stars [celebrities]