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New Orleans
New Orleans
Actors: Arturo De Cordova, Dorothy Patrick, Marjorie Lord, Irene Rich, John Alexander
Director: Arthur Lubin
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary, African American Cinema
NR     2000     1hr 30min

Arturo de cordova stars as nick the proprietor of a bourbon street gambling join an artistic haven for african-american musicians who gather and jam from dusk til dawn. When he falls in love with an opera-singing socialite...  more »


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Actors: Arturo De Cordova, Dorothy Patrick, Marjorie Lord, Irene Rich, John Alexander
Director: Arthur Lubin
Creators: Lucien N. Andriot, Herbert J. Biberman, Jules Levey, Dick Irving Hyland, Elliot Paul
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Armstrong, Louis, Holiday, Billie, Musicals, Documentary, African American Cinema
Studio: Kino Video
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 04/25/2000
Original Release Date: 04/18/1947
Theatrical Release Date: 04/18/1947
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

B-grade movie comes alive via Satchmo and Lady Day!
J. Lund | SoCal, USA | 08/30/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For years I've wanted to see NEW ORLEANS, knowing that thestoryline wouldn't match the quality of the music, and now it is finally available...on DVD no less. After watching it, I can say that the movie lived up (musically) and down (plotwise) to my expectations. However, with Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong and Billie 'Lady Day' Holiday in prominent roles, the musical strengths more than cancelled out the thematic/cinematic shortcomings. The musical footage of Holiday and Armstrong (seen in solos and duets) is worth the price of admission, and the entirety of the movie is fairly entertaining if you don't expect too much.... Amid the cliched plot threads... fortunately the racial stereotypes are quite inoffensive by 1947 standards (albeit Billie is cast as a maid). Due to the lack of available Billie Holiday footage alone, this movie approaches essential status, at least among jazz fans.The DVD includes two bonus shorts: a young Louis Armstrong sings and plays in the 1932 A RHAPSODY IN BLACK AND BLUE, and Duke Ellington teams up with a VERY young Billie Holiday in the priceless 1935 short SYMPHONY IN BLACK."
Great footage of many early jazz legends
Stephen Cannon | Yokohama, Japan | 04/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have always found jazz performances much more captivating live rather than recorded, and although I can't travel back in time and see Louis Armstrong play during his prime, this video is the next best thing.The makers of New Orleans did not waste the talents of the musicians, and a good chunk of the movie is concert footage of many of the giants from the golden age of Jazz including Kid Ory, Woody Herman and Billie Holiday doing old standards such as Basin Street Blues and Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans. These performances truly convey the joy that enrapt the musicians as they played, and Armstrong in particular, is irresistably charming and funny as usual and appears for much of the film. Unfortunately, Holiday is possibly the most wooden actress I have ever seen, but since for most of her comparatively short screen time is spent singing, it isn't a problem.I strongly recommended this one to all fans of early jazz."
Silly plot, fantastic music
M. McCabe | 08/04/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this DVD blindly just because I'm such a fan of Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and of New Orleans in general. The plot (what there is of it) is clich?d and uninteresting, but the music is fantastic, and I ended up playing the musical pieces over and over. The entire movie is filmed on a Hollywood soundstage; if you're looking for shots of old New Orleans, look elsewhere."
Forget the story!
nom-de-nick | United States | 01/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The film itself it trite and inconsequential. Buy this for the music alone. It's a delight to see Louis Armstrong in such a casual environment, with so many jazz legends, not to mention one of Billie Holiday's rare movie appearances. This DVD is honestly a treasure."