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Title Irving Berlin's Blue skies / a Paramount picture ; screen play by Arthur Sheekman ; produced by Sol C. Siegel ; directed by Stuart Heisler. Birth of the blues / a Paramount picture ; screen play by Harry Tugend and Walter De Leon ; directed by Victor Schertzinger.

Published Universal City, CA. : Universal, [2003]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 videodisc (182 minutes) : sound, black and white and colour ; 4 3/4 in.
Series Bing Crosby collection.
Bing Crosby collection.
Credits Birth of the Blues: Director of photography, William C. Mellor ; editor, Paul Weatherwax ; costumes, Edith Head.
Blue Skies: Director of photography, Charles Lang Jr., William Snyder ; editor, Leroy Stone ; lyrics and music, Irving Berlin.
Notes Title on disc label: Birth of the blues and blue skies.
Originally released as motion pictures: Blue skies in 1946, Birth of the blues in 1941.
Contents Blue Skies (93 min., col.) -- Birth of the Blues (89 min., b&w).
Performers Birth of the Blues: Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Brian Donlevy, Carolyn Lee.
Blue Skies: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield.
Summary Birth of the Blues: As a child, Jeff Lambert hangs out in New Orleans' Basin Street, playing hot swing on his clarinet instead of the classics his father prefers. He's inspired by an African-American group there and, some years later, at the turn of the century, sets out to form a jazz band of his own. Patterned after the story of trombonist Jack Teagarden of the Original Dixieland Jazz Group.
Blue Skies: Dancing star Jed Potter and singer/nightclub owner Johnny Adams are both in love with songstress Mary O'Hara. She marries Johnny, but his passion for buying and selling nightclubs drives them apart. So Jed steps in, hoping to win Mary's heart - until fate steps in and changes the lives of all three.
System notes DVD; Dolby Digital 2.0 mono.; full frame; aspect ratio 1.33:1; dual layer; region 1; NTSC.
Language notes Closed captioned.
Soundtrack in English, with English, Spanish, and French subtitles.
Other author Sheekman, Arthur, 1901-1978.
Siegel, Sol C., 1903-1982, producer.
Heisler, Stuart, 1896-1979, director.
Tugend, Harry, 1898-1989, author of screenplay.
DeLeon, Walter, 1884-1947, author of screenplay.
Schertzinger, Victor, director.
Martin, Mary, 1913-1990, actor.
Crosby, Bing, 1903-1977, actor.
Donlevy, Brian, actor.
Lee, Carolyn, 1936- actor.
Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989.
Astaire, Fred, actor.
Caulfield, Joan, 1922-1991, actor.
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Universal City Studios.
Subject Popular music -- 1941-1950 -- Drama.
Jazz -- Drama.
Musical films.
Biographical films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Variant Title Blue skies.
Birth of the blues and blue skies.
Other title Birth of the blues.
Standard Number 025192263422
ISBN 0783276869
Publisher Number 22634 Universal