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Directed by Melville Shavelson
USA 1959


Loring "Red" Nichols is a cornet-playing country boy who goes to New York in the 1920s full of musical ambition and principles. He gets a job playing in Wil Paradise's band, but quits to pursue his dream of playing Dixieland jazz. He forms the "Five Pennies" which features his wife, Bobbie, as vocalist. At the peak of his fame, Red and Bobbie's daughter, Dorothy, develops polio. Red quits the music business to move to Los Angeles where the climate is better for Dorothy. As Dorothy becomes a young teen, she learns of her father's musical past, and he is persuaded to open a small nightclub which is failing until some noted names from his past come to help out.

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: June 18th, 1959

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DVD Review: Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Paramount Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:57:12 
Video 1.75:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.15 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Paramount Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.75:1

Edition Details:

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DVD Release Date: December 13th, 2005

Double-lock Keep Case
Chapters: 15



A little bit better than average quality here from Paramount. Progressive, anamorphic - in fact it is remarkably good considering the price. I'm not sure what the aspect ratio is but I am fairly positive that it is not 1.75 ?!? I don't know where that came from but I'll wager there is some minor cropping although composition seems fine. There is some minor bleeding in the colors but otherwise the image is very crisp. I only checked out the mono (not the fake 5.1) and it sounded very good.

This is a fabulous and highly overlooked film that certainly deserves more extras than the 'none' that are provided. At this price we recommend as a no-brainer purchase.

Gary W. Tooze


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