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The Crimson Canary (1945)

Approved | | Mystery | 9 November 1945 (USA)
Members of a Jazz Band come under suspicion when a beautiful nightclub singer is murdered.

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John Hoffman

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Peggy Phillips (screenplay), Henry Blankfort (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Noah Beery Jr. ... Danny Brooks
Lois Collier ... Jean Walker
John Litel ... Roger Quinn
Steven Geray ... Vic Miller
Claudia Drake ... Anita Lane
Danny Morton Danny Morton ... Johnny
Jimmie Dodd ... Chuck (as James Dodd)
Steve Brodie ... Hillary
John Kellogg ... Keys
Arthur Space ... Detective Carlyle
Josh White Josh White ... Josh White
Esquire All-American Band Winners Esquire All-American Band Winners ... The Esquire All-American Band
Coleman Hawkins ... Coleman Hawkins
Oscar Pettiford Oscar Pettiford ... Oscar Pettiford
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Members of a Jazz Band come under suspicion when a beautiful nightclub singer is murdered.

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JAM-SESSION MURDER! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hear That Trumpet Talk See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Universal Pictures production number 1451. See more »

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Jazz
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Music by Edgar Fairchild
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Historic Gem
28 November 2005 | by charlieshoemakeSee all my reviews

In the 1940's there were probably 5,000 B movies made that were no better or worse than this one with one big exception.This little film has a scene that contains five truly great jazz artists playing at close to their peak. I think it's now on youtube.

I saw it on a late show in Palo Alto California 42 years ago and in those days there were no tape machines.(it wouldn't have mattered since I was watching it in a motel.) Anyway, the jazz greats are Coleman Hawkins, Howard McGee,Sir Charles Thompson, Denzil Best, and most of all, Oscar Pettiford on the bass. For a young jazz bass player to be able to watch the great Pettiford in action would be worth something of value thats immeasurable. MOST IMPORTANTLY, the other comments are incorrect !! That is definitely Coleman Hawkins and Oscar Pettiford on the sound track. Believe me, I KNOW their playing. It's definitely THEM !! I'm shocked that people haven't heard that. p-s I had just finished playing a concert with the George Shearing Quintet in Concord California opposite Dave Brubeck and came back to the motel and this movie was on t.v. Talk about an unbelievable experience...by the way, I was able later to secure the film.


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