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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 ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
June Richmond ...
Milton Woods ...
Sam Adams
Bea Griffith ...
Honey Carter / Lovey Linn
David Bethea ...
Dolph the butler
Lorenzo Tucker ...
Henry Talbot
Vanita Smythe ...
Mabel Lee ...
Dots Johnson ...
Pat Rainey ...
Pat Rains
Rudy Toombs ...
J. Louis Johnson ...
Joe Lillard ...
Lt. Jerome


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 <>

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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 »


Rusty: But you could learn to love me, darling.
Louis Jarvis: I can't afford the lesson!
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Louis Jordan brings out all his energy in Reet, Petite, and Gone
10 February 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Continuing to review African-Americans in film in chronological order for Black History Month, we're once again in 1947 when Louis Jordan has another movie that's filled with his songs with a wisp of a plot for about an hour. In this one, he's Louis Jarvis who has to deal with both getting money for his Broadway show and contesting a will left by his dying father (himself in flashbacks, J. Louis Johnson as an old man). Besides Jordan, many other entertaining numbers are provided by Bea Griffith, Pat Rainey, and especially heavyset June Richmond who, like me, is a native of Chicago. And there are plenty of pretty female dancers, especially one on the piano in one number, who will make your blood boil! So with all that said, I highly recommend Reet, Petite, and Gone. P.S. Another player, a Rudy Toombs, comes from Monroe in my home state of Louisiana.

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