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New Orleans

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Arthur Lubin
Produced by Mary Shazoo, Jules Levey
Written by E. K. Shein
Starring Arturo de Córdova
Dorothy Patrick
Marjorie Lord
Billie Holiday
Louis Armstrong
Woody Herman
Release date(s) 1947
Country United States
Language English

New Orleans is a 1947 musical drama featuring Billie Holiday as a singing maid and Louis Armstrong as a bandleader; supporting players Holiday and Armstrong perform together and portray a couple becoming romantically involved. During one song, Armstrong's character introduces the members of his band, a virtual Who's Who of classic jazz greats, including trombonist Kid Ory, drummer Zutty Singleton, clarinetist Barney Bigard, guitar player Bud Scott, bassist George "Red" Callender, pianist Charlie Beal, and pianist Meade "Lux" Lewis. Also performing in the film is cornetist Mutt Carey and bandleader Woody Herman. The music, however, takes a back seat to a rather conventional plot. The movie stars Arturo de Cordova and Dorothy Patrick, features Marjorie Lord, and was directed by Arthur Lubin.


Arturo de Córdova ... Nick Duquesne (as Arturo De Cordova)
Dorothy Patrick ... Miralee Smith
Marjorie Lord ... Grace Voiselle
Irene Rich ... Mrs. Rutledge Smith
John Alexander ... Col. McArdle
Richard Hageman ... Henry Ferber
Jack Lambert ... Biff Lewis
Bert Conway ... Tommy Lake
Joan Blair ... Constance Vigil (columnist)
Louis Armstrong and His Band ... Original New Orleans Ragtime Band
Billie Holiday ... Endie (Miralee's maid)
Woody Herman and His Orchestra ... Themselves
Shelley Winters ... Miss Holmbright (Nick's Chicago secretary; uncredited)

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