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Reet, Petite, and Gone (1947)

| Musical
Old-time musical star Schyler Jarvis, now wealthy, is dying; his last act is a visionary plan for the future happiness of his son, swing bandleader Louis Jarvis, and Honey Carter, daughter ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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June Richmond ...
June
Milton Woods ...
Sam Adams
Bea Griffith ...
Honey Carter / Lovey Linn
David Bethea ...
Dolph the butler
Lorenzo Tucker ...
Henry Talbot
Vanita Smythe ...
Rusty
Mabel Lee ...
Mabel
Dots Johnson ...
Michaels
Pat Rainey ...
Pat Rains
Rudy Toombs ...
Hal
J. Louis Johnson ...
Schyler Jarvis Sr. (as J. Lewis Johnson)
Joe Lillard ...
Lt. Jerome
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Old-time musical star Schyler Jarvis, now wealthy, is dying; his last act is a visionary plan for the future happiness of his son, swing bandleader Louis Jarvis, and Honey Carter, daughter of his long-lost love. But crooked lawyer Talbot has a nefarious scheme to get his hands on the Jarvis money...and it doesn't include any happiness for Louis and Honey. Plenty of swing from Louis Jordan's Tympany Five. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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When in the broadcast studio, an announcer steps up to a microphone next to the piano to read an intro for each song. Then, he points off screen to cue Louis the band. However, the microphone is the same one Louis is standing at in each subsequent wide shot, and the announcer is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Rusty: But you could learn to love me, darling.
Louis Jarvis: I can't afford the lesson!
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Edited into SanKofa Theater: Reet, Petit and Gone (2017) See more »

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YOU GOT ME WHERE YOU WANT ME
(uncredited)
(writer info not available)
Sung by June Richmond
with Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five
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Disappointing Louis Jordan vehicle
4 March 2002 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

Even if you are a die-hard Louis Jordan fan, as I am, and can't get enough of his jumpin' jive, this very low-budget movie will leave you yawning. The very basic (and not too funny) script is basically an excuse to cram as many Jordan numbers as possible, which is fine by me. But there is no direction to speak of, no rhythm in the editing, basically, nothing going on visually. The last song, which is supposed to be a Broadway musical number, doesn't even have any dancing at all ! As it is, "Reet, Petite and Gone" is at least interesting on one point : it seemed to be aimed exclusively at black audiences, and as such, they were not deemed worthy enough to deserve a well made and reasonably budgeted movie - I suppose the producers thought it was good enough to have a "race records" star featured in the movie and just doing his stuff. At least, that's my interpretation...


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