Blues in the Night (1941): Litvak’s Melodrama of Traveling Band, Starring Betty Field and Priscilla Lane

Anatole Litvak’s melodrama, scripted by Robert Rossen, is populated by B-actors, such as Betty Field, Priscilla Lane, and Lloyd Nolan, and dealings with the personal and professional lives of members of a traveling band.
You can spot among the band members the young Elia Kazan, who in a few years would emerge as one of Hollywood’s major directors (“Gentleman’s Agreement,” “A Streetcar Named Desire”)
Oscar Nominations: 1
Song: “Blues in the Night,” music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
Oscar Awards: None
 
Oscar Context
 
The winners of the Song Oscar were Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein for “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” from the movie “Lady Be Good.”