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L. C. ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL TRIBUTE 27: 1954 YELLOWJACKETS YEARBOOK: ACTIVITIES & "NEW ORLEANS"

MY SELECTION NO. 27 FOR "BEST MOVIES OF THE FIFTIES IS "NEW ORLEANS" STARRING "ARTURO DE CORDOVA", "DOROTHY PATRICK", AND, MARJORIE LORD

FEATURING:  "LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND HIS BAND" AND "BILLIE HOLLIDAY"

(I REALIZE THIS WAS RELEASED IN 1947, BUT, THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE YEARBOOK FROM THOSE YEARS, TOO...INCLUDING, FORMER MISS ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL HONOREES; SO, I FELT IT WAS OK TO INCLUDE THEM IN THIS YEARBOOK TRIBUTE!  BESIDES, I COULDN'T RESIST A MOVIE WHICH INCLUDED BOTH LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND BILLIE HOLLIDAY!!)

(NOTE:  THIS MOVIE INCLUDES SPANISH CAPTIONS; BUT, THE VOCALS ARE IN ENGLISH!)



New Orleans is a 1947 American musical romance film featuring Billie Holiday as a singing maid and Louis Armstrong as a bandleader; supporting players Holiday and Armstrong perform together and portray a couple becoming romantically involved. During one song, Armstrong's character introduces the members of his band, a virtual Who's Who of classic jazz greats, including trombonist Kid Ory, drummer Zutty Singleton, clarinetist Barney Bigard, guitar player Bud Scott, bassist George "Red" Callender, pianist Charlie Beal, and pianist Meade Lux Lewis. Also performing in the film is cornetist Mutt Carey and bandleader Woody Herman. The music, however, takes a back seat to a rather conventional plot. The movie stars Arturo de Cordova and Dorothy Patrick, features Marjorie Lord, and was directed by Arthur Lubin.

Production[edit source]

New Orleans has its origins in an abandoned component of an unfinished RKO Pictures feature film by Orson Welles — "The Story of Jazz" segment of It's All True. A history of jazz alternatively titled "Jam Session", the section of the film was being written by Elliot Paul in 1941 under contract to Welles. The story of Louis Armstrong was to have been central to that segment of It's All True.[1]:29, 282, 325[2]:138–139

An additional connection to Welles is that several members of the film's Original New Orleans Ragtime Band — Kid Ory, Mutt Carey, Bud Scott, Barney Bigard and Zutty Singleton — had first been brought together in 1944, for his CBS Radio series, The Orson Welles Almanac.[2]:138–139

New Orleans is the only feature film made by singer Billie Holiday, and the last film in which writer-producer Herbert J. Biberman was involved before he was blacklisted.[3]

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