Carolina Blues

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Carolina Blues
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Directed by Leigh Jason
Produced by Samuel Bischoff
Screenplay by Joseph Hoffman
Al Martin
Jack Henley
Story by M. M. Musselman
Kenneth Earl
Starring Kay Kyser
Ann Miller
Victor Moore
Jeff Donnell
Howard Freeman
Georgia Carroll
M.A. Bogue
Harry Babbitt
Sully Mason
Cinematography Franz Planer
Edited by James Sweeney
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • December 20, 1944 (1944-12-20)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States

Carolina Blues is a 1944 American comedy film directed by Leigh Jason and written by Joseph Hoffman, Al Martin and Jack Henley. The film stars Kay Kyser, Ann Miller, Victor Moore, Jeff Donnell, Howard Freeman, Georgia Carroll, M.A. Bogue, Harry Babbitt and Sully Mason. The film was released on December 20, 1944, by Columbia Pictures. [1] [2] [3]



Kay Kyser (Kay Kyser) and his band get back to North Carolina after a long USO visit. Rather than taking a rest, the band plays at a close by shipyard. There, Kay meets Julie Carver (Ann Miller), a fabulous vocalist whom Kay botches for the shipyard proprietor's little girl. Kay's standard vocalist, Georgia Carroll (Georgia Carroll), needs Julie to fill in for her so she can leave the band and get hitched. Kay concurs simply after Julie can bait a well off comparative with their show.


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