New Orleans

Rarely-seen, “New Orleans," set in the Crescent City, provides a batch of music performances that make this film essential. A slim plot line provides a setting at Nick Duquesnes’ Bourbon Street club to showcase Louis Armstrong among others including Billie Holiday in her only Hollywood feature. Armstrong’s musician friends include Kid Ory, Barney Bigard, Bud Scott, Zutty Singleton, Meade Lux Lewis and Red Callender. Woody Herman and his orchestra make an appearance, too. Storyville and the French Quarter are used to terrific advantage as a backdrop for this classic.

Producer: Jules Levy; Director: Arthur Lubin,

Hal Roach Studios, Culver City, 1947