Bessie 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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