Too Late Blues

Too Late Blues

Director: John Cassavetes Cast: Bobby Darin, Stella Stevens, Everett Chambers

DVD (Wide Screen / B&W)

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After his pioneering independent film Shadows (1960), actor/writer/director John Cassavetes made his major studio directorial debut with this gritty, low-key drama about jazz musicians. Bobby Darin plays John "Ghost" Walefield, a pianist who scuffles from gig to gig with his band, trying to keep body and soul together without betraying his muse. Ghost's agent Benny (Everett Chambers) introduces him to Jess (Stella Stevens), a would-be singer who looks beautiful, even though her voice is fair at best. Ghost falls hard for her and agrees to put her in the band, though it's hard to say if he believes in her musical talent or just wants her companionship. Ghost and his band score a record deal thanks to Jess' presence, but after a humiliating fight in a pool hall and Ghost's discovery that Jess occasionally turns tricks to pay the rent, he puts his integrity up for sale, fires his band, and starts spending his time with a rich woman who likes to hang out with musicians -- and is willing to pay for the privilege. A number of real-life jazz greats appear onscreen and on the soundtrack, including Slim Gaillard, Benny Carter, and Shelly Manne; the role of Ghost was originally written for Montgomery Clift, who was forced to back out at the last minute, leading to Bobby Darin's casting.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2012
UPC: 0887090039109
Original Release: 1961
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 45,445

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bobby Darin John "Ghost" Wakefield
Stella Stevens Jess Polanski
Everett Chambers Benny Flowers
Cliff Carnell Charlie
Seymour Cassel Red
Marilyn Clark The Countess
Nick Dennis Nick
James Joyce Reno
Allyson Ames Billie Gray
John Cassavetes Actor
Mario Gallo Actor
Vincent Edwards Tommy
Val Avery Frielobe
Rupert Crosse Baby Jackson
Slim Gaillard Party singer
June Wilkinson Girl at Bar

Technical Credits
John Cassavetes Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Frank Bracht Editor
Richard Carr Screenwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Tambi Larsen Art Director
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer
Hal Pereira Production Designer
David Raksin Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Too Late Blues
1. Chapter 1 [:12]
1. Opening [8:03]
2. Princess [10:51]
3. On the Town [14:53]
4. At the Park [13:43]
5. Celebration [2:16]
6. Trouble [4:09]
7. True Colors [14:31]
8. Jess Polanski [16:33]

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