St. Louis Blues
Director: Allen Reisner Run Time: 105 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1958
Starring: Cab Calloway, Eartha Kitt, Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Nat King Cole, Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee stands out as one of the few professional actors in a cast mostly made up of famous African American musicians in this heavily fictionalized biopic of the father of the blues, W.C. Handy (Cole). Dee plays Handy’s wife Elizabeth as a good-girl who tries to be supportive even though she can’t understand her husband’s obsession with popular music. Brattle Debut!
Double Feature with A RAISIN IN THE SUN on Saturday, October 8