This week’s mystery movie was the 1961 Paramount film Too Late Blues, with Bobby Darin, Stella Stevens, Everett Chambers, Nick Dennis, Vincent Edwards, Val Avery, Marilyn Clark, James Joyce, Rupert Crosse, Mario Gallo, J. Alan Hopkins, Cliff Carnell, Richard O. Chambers, Seymour Cassel and Dan Stafford.
Art direction by Hal Pereira and Tambi Larsen.
Edited by Frank Bracht.
Special photographic effects by John P. Fulton.
Set decoration by Sam Comer and James Payne.
Assistant director Arthur Jacobson.
Costumes by Edith Head.
Makeup by Wally Westmore.
Hairstyles by Nellie Manley.
Sound by Gene Merritt and John Wilkinson.
Special recordings by Shelly Manne, drums; Red Mitchell, bass; Jimmy Rowles, piano; Benny Carter, saxophone; Uan Rasey, trumpet; Milt Bernhart, trombone.
Music by David Raksin.
Written by Richard Carr and John Cassavetes.
Produced and directed by John Cassavetes.
Too Late Blues is available on disc and streaming from Amazon.
More on the history of the film is available from the AFI catalog.
Be sure to read E. Yarber’s extensive comments on the film!
Too Late Blues was another random selection. I’ve had a soft spot for John Cassavetes since a family acquaintance appeared in Faces (1968). Plus Shelley Manne, Benny Carter and David Raksin? I’m in.
I’m sure Bosley Crowther hated it…. Sorry, it’s Howard Thompson (New York Times, March 1, 1962):
All that Too Late Blues needs to make it one of the best movies ever about jazz musicians is substance. Granted, this is a mighty big “all.” Furthermore, the romantic attachment of an arrogant, hardheaded young pianist and a lippy wanton, their ricocheting in and out of grubby bars, pool halls and hotel rooms with the man turning to a moneyed paramour and the girl to outright prostitution couldn’t be more sunless or dismal. Or more penetrating, we might add.
Bobby Darin and Stella Stevens are co-starred in this curious but sordidly fascinating fragment of a film that Paramount unveiled yesterday in neighborhood theaters…. Very little happens, even less than in Paris Blues, in a film about five times uglier.
For Monday, we have two mystery guests.
Update: This is Slim Gaillard. The woman is as yet unidentified.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery fellow. His companions have been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and will appear Friday.
Update: For Friday, we have our mysterious leading man.
Update: This is Bobby Darin, left, and Rupert Crosse. Stella Stevens is Back of the Head Woman.
Brain Trust roll call: E. Yarber (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest).
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have this mystery woman in an arty mirror shot.
Update: This is Marilyn Clark.
And we have this mystery fellow with Back of the Head Guy.
Update: This is Nick Dennis and Bobby Darin as Back of the Head Guy.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Sylvia E. (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Incredible Inman (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery guest), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests) and E. Yarber (Tuesday’s mystery guest and a lot of information about him. Thanks!)
For “Aha Thursday,” we have this mysterious fellow.
Update: This is Cliff Carnell.
We also have these mysterious musicians.
Update: This is Richard Chambers and Seymour Cassel.
And finally, these mystery gents.
Update: This is Everett Chambers and Vincent Edwards, just before Edwards got the starring role in Ben Casey, one of the hit TV shows of the 1960s.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery fellow), Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s mystery guests and a look at people cropped out of Tuesday’s mystery image), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Tuesday and Wednesday’s mystery gents) and E. Yarber (Wednesday’s mystery guests with more history of the film).
For Friday, we have our mysterious leading man and leading lady.
Update: This is Stella Stevens and Bobby Darin.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Beach Gal (mystery movie and all mystery guests, plus mysterious leads), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), E. Yarber (Thursday’s mystery guests and more history of our mystery film), Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery guests and Friday’s leads) and Greg (mystery movie, Tuesday’s Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests).