BYE BYE BLUES
Starring: Rebecca Jenkins, Michael
Ontkean, Luke Reilly, Stuart
Margolin, Robyn Stevan, & Kate
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: Circle Releasing
Director: Anne Wheeler
Producer: Anne Wheeler
Writer: Anne Wheeler
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An accomplished pianist, Daisy joins a band that is playing at the base in order to pay the bills. Max Gramley, the American trombonist, soon begins to give her private lessons. He attempts to romance her, but she rebuffs his advances.
Two years pass. On tour, Daisy now heads the band while relegating the care of her children to her sister, who is a bad influence. Max, meanwhile, asks to marry Daisy. When news of the war's end and Teddy's coming home arrive, Daisy is filled more with remorse than rejoicing. In fact, she is quite saddened at film's end, and looks longingly at the band that is leaving her behind. As they pull away, the soundtrack kicks in with "Bye Bye Blues."
It is natural for her to feel sad and commendable that she does the right thing; however, the film's premise is too self-centered: you will be unhappy if you don't do your own thing. This is in direct opposition to Matthew 10:39, "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." Also shameful was the film's tendency to take the present-day problems of single parent families, unwanted pregnancy, abortion and parental approval for promiscuous sex, and inject them as commonplace into an earlier time period when, in fact, that was not the case. Do film makers think they can rewrite history? Apparently so.
To its credit, the picture has breathtaking shots of the sweeping Canadian landscape. It also has a good 1940s look, but there's not enough of the period music, and the singing is only so-so. Moreover, there are profanities and obscenities, alcoholism and drunkenness, and an instance of barroom violence. The recommendation goes against seeing BYE BYE BLUES.