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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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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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During the song, "Reet Petite and Gone", the position and placement of the four girls varies between shots. In earlier shots they are split 3 and 1, with Louis Jarvis in between, and then they are split 2 and 2. The girls are also closer to Louis in the close shots than they are in the longer shots. See more »

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Rusty: But you could learn to love me, darling.
Louis Jarvis: I can't afford the lesson!
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Featured in Look-Out Sister (1947) See more »

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TEXAS AND PACIFIC
(uncredited)
by Jack Wolf Fine
Performed by Louis Jordan with his Tympany Five
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Musical with a wisp of a plot
14 January 2009 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Louis Jordan was a singer, saxophonist, and band leader who specialized in upbeat jazz -- comic, novelty, and good-times songs. The plot of this movie is just as unsubstantial as those of most of Jordan's movies, since the plot is only an excuse for Jordan and his Tympany Five to perform their recent hits. Jordan does eleven songs in this movie, and three of his female costars -- June Richmond, Bea Griffith, and Mabel Lee -- do one song each.

The plot, for those who care, is that Jordan's father had a brief romance with Bea Griffith's mother, and his dying wish is for Jordan to marry Griffith. The family's crooked lawyer tries to substitute an altered will to cheat Jordan out of his inheritance, and also tries to sabotage the new show that Jordan is opening.

What makes Reet, Petite, and Gone different from other Jordan movies is that in addition to music it has many uncredited showgirls, the predecessors of today's video vixens, in daring scenes. Four or five pretty girls in short skirts will stand behind Jordan swaying a bit and doing a little dancing. A line of showgirls in swimsuits will step up to have their measurements taken. There's even a scene in which Bea Griffin sits in a black bra and panties and puts on her stockings -- hot-cha-cha. The highlight of the movie, however, is the strikingly pretty uncredited girl who sits on Jordan's piano and pantomimes her amusing reactions to his accusations of infidelity in "I Know What You've Been Putting Down."


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