Birth of the Blues (1941): Schertzinger’s Oscar-Nominated Musical Starring Bing Crosby and Mary Martin

This American musical, directed by Victor Schertzinger, stars Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, and Brian Donlevy.

The story follows the beginning and then breakthrough success of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in New Orleans.

Jeff Lambert is a talented clarinetist, encouraged and supported by his father to follow a classic musical career.  But he clearly prefers to be in New Orleans with a group of black jazz men who perform in a dive on Bourbon Street.

As the boy grows into manhood, his love for jazz intensifies, and he forms his own group, much to the chagrin of his aging father.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Scoring of a Musical: Robert Emmett Dolan

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context

In 1941, the Musical Scoring Oscar went to “Dumbo.”