Cole is featured as W.C. Handy, famed black composer of immortal blues tunes. His father (Hernandez) is a minister who feels his son is playing "the devil's music," but Cole finally chooses the music he knows he does best. Kitt is a New Orleans singer who encourages him, and Dee a local
girl who simply wants to make him happy. Tragedy strikes when psychosomatic blindness sets in, but Cole eventually overcomes this, becomes widely admired for his music, and wins grudging acceptance by his father. ST. LOUIS BLUES is short on fact and conviction, with an unimaginative direction that
merely records the action. The only reason to see this film is its wonderful cast of p...