Watch: Ballad in Blue 1965 123movies, Full Movie Online – Ray Charles attempts to help a down-on-their-luck boozing family whose son is blind. He wants to finance the recovery of his eyesight, but the family is afraid of what might happen if something goes wrong..
Plot: Ray Charles plays himself in this film where he helps blind boy David in his struggle to regain his sight. David’s over-protective mother Peggy is afraid of the risks connected with restoring his sight. Ray tries to help the whole family, offering the heavy-drinking Peggy’s heavy-drinking partner Steve an opportunity to work with his band.
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Family drama with some great tunes
BALLAD IN BLUE is a star vehicle for famous musician Ray Charles, here playing himself in a story in which he becomes involved in the life of a put-upon blind boy in desperate need of an eye operation to restore his sight. This American production was filmed in Ireland by an American company with financial issues but looks reasonably good for its era.
It’s a family drama with added music and it’s safe to say that with a musician of Charles’s calibre, the musical segments are great and very toe-tapping. The rest of the story isn’t bad ever, showing how persistence and spirit can overcome adversity. Like a lot of mid-20th century movies, the backdrop alone is of interest, but child actor Piers Bishop deserves kudos for his deeply convincing turn as the blind child; he was equally good in the tense thriller TOMORROW AT TEN made the previous year.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 29 min (89 min) (USA)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Music
Director Paul Henreid
Writer Paul Henreid, Burton Wohl
Actors Ray Charles, Tom Bell, Mary Peach
Country United Kingdom
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm