Juke Joint (1947)

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Two insolvent con men get involved in a small town beauty contest.


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Directors: Oscar Micheaux, Clarence Williams
Stars: Clarence Brooks, Dorothy Van Engle, Andrew Bishop


Complete credited cast:
Spencer Williams ...
July Jones ...
'Cornbread' Green
Inez Newell ...
Louella 'Mama Lou' Holiday
Leonard Duncan ...
Samuel 'Papa Sam' Holiday
Dauphine Moore ...
Barbara 'Honey Dew' Holiday
Melody Duncan ...
Melody Holiday
Katherine Moore ...
Florida Holiday
Tilford Patterson ...
Jefferson Lee
Albert Smith ...
'High Life' Harris
Howard Galloway ...
'Juke Joint' Johnny
Clifford Beamon ...
Jackson, the bartender
Frances McHugh ...
Don Gilbert ...
Master of Ceremonies
Red Calhoun ...
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Hitch-hiking conmen Bad News Johnson and July Jones arrive in a Midwestern small town with a capital of 25 cents. Taking a room with Mama Lou, whose daughter is entered in a local beauty contest, they pose as Hollywood actors who can train Honey Dew in stagecraft. Meanwhile, Mama's other daughter Florida prepares to elope to Chicago with Johnny, owner of the Juke Joint...where, after a jitterbug contest, Mama herself takes a hand. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Joint is Jumpin'! / The Jive is Jivvin'! / The Jam is Jammin'! / Everybody's High in the Happy Slap-Happy Holiday Family!


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Worth a look, but not as exciting as the title
10 September 2002 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

Resembling a family-oriented sitcom more than a musical, this film is not as interesting as other Afro-Am flicks of the time. Spencer Williams's talent as a director was in his depiction of religion (barely touched upon in this film), not humor, and the major interest of this film is in review of his career. The scene where Mom arrives at the Joint to find various members of the family misbehaving is the high-point.

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