WATCHBessie Smith Movie St. Louis Blues (1929)
Watch Bessie Smith in her only movie
appearance, the 1929 short film St.
Louis Blues. In one of the first
talkies ever made, Bessie catches her
two-timing boyfriend, Jimmy, fooling
around with a younger woman. To ease her
pain, she sings the blues.
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Queen Latifah portrays legendary blues
singer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame in
the 1920s and earned the nickname "The
Empress of the Blues." A pioneer of the
Jazz Age, Smith was also a bisexual.