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JazzTimes 10: Jazz on Film

Ten great examples of what happens when jazz goes to the movies—and the movies go to jazz

2. All Night Long (1962)
A British picture, featuring Patrick McGoohan—later to star in The Prisoner—and directed by Basil Dearden. Most Americans don’t know Dearden, but he made progressive films that were way ahead of their time, looking at homosexuality, modes of abuse, addictions, and guilt at the Dostoevsky level. He had real movie chops, a nice way with a viewfinder, and original shot compositions. Basic plot: A musician and his retired singer wife have to deal with an ambitious drummer who wants to start his own band and needs the wife to un-retire. She says no beans, brother, which makes him try to bust up the couple with allegations of an affair. The title is a reference to late-night jam sessions. You get a new Dave Brubeck take on “It’s a Raggy Waltz,” which has that nice, Dearden-esque mélange of the classy and the raddled. High class, low class, delightful jazz-movie class.

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Colin Fleming

Colin Fleming writes fiction and nonfiction on myriad topics—art, film, music, sports, literature, current events—for a wide range of publications, and talks regularly on radio and podcasts. His most recent books are an entry in the 33 1/3 series on Sam Cooke’s Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963, a volume about the 1951 film Scrooge as the ultimate work of cinematic terror, and the story collection, If You [ ]: Fabula, Fantasy, F**kery, Hope. Find him on the web at (where he maintains the unique online journal, the Many Moments More blog) and on Twitter @colinfleminglit. He lives in Boston and has contributed to JazzTimes since 2006.