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Look-Out Sister (1947)

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A famous bandleader, suffering from overwork and exhaustion, goes to a sanitarium for a rest. While there he dreams of being out west at a dude ranch, where he finds himself involved in the... See full summary »



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A famous bandleader, suffering from overwork and exhaustion, goes to a sanitarium for a rest. While there he dreams of being out west at a dude ranch, where he finds himself involved in the beautiful owner's struggle to keep her ranch from falling into the hands of the villain, who wants either her or her ranch (or, preferably, both). Written by

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When he's not singin', he's shootin'. When he's not shootin', he's lovin'!


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An absolute delight
14 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jordan plays a well known band leader whose grueling schedule leads to exhaustion and he ends up in a sanitarium to get much needed rest. His oh so greedy manager tells him he wouldn't be exhausted if he didn't play so many benefits. While in the sanitarium a little kid on crutches tells him he wants to be a cowboy and Jordan promises the kid he'll find him a place to be a real cowboy. Jordan drops off to sleep and starts dreaming that he and his band are in Lookout, Arizona at the H and H (standing for Health and Happiness) Ranch. At the dream ranch, Jordan and his Tympany Five are known as Two-Gun Jordan and his Jivin' Cowboys. A young woman (Suzette Harbin) and her brother (Bob Scott -who is a terrible actor but a wonderful horseman) own the ranch and the bad guy (Monte Hawley) is going to foreclose on them. Jordan's portrayal of a cowboy is a wonderful spoof on bronco riding, shooting and fist fights – it's hilarious. After a few adventures and just as the badmen are about to catch up with Jordan, he wakes up. He tells the little kid that he is going to Jordan's H and H Ranch and that all the little kids there will learn to be cowboys and cowgirls and get their health back. I was not familiar with Louis Jordan before watching this movie. I absolutely loved the movie – Jordan's personality was so charming and engaging and the music is great (early rock n roll elements are obvious in a couple of numbers), the plot is funny and the ending sweet. Many of Jordan's more famous specialty songs are here, including "Jack, You Dead," "Look-Out Sister," "Don't Burn the Candle at Both Ends" and "Barnyard Boogie." The one off-putting part of the movie was the song "You're Much Too Fat." If one just hears the song I suppose it may be a funny little ditty but to see it – the girl falling off the diving board, all the people around the pool laughing at her, her face showing her hurt – it came across as a cruel and hurtful song. Even so, I liked the other songs and downloaded a number of them from iTunes including one not in the movie "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens." This song immediately brought back a childhood memory. A standard response to the question "Who's there?" was "Nobody but us chickens." I had not thought about this in decades and certainly had no idea that the expression came from a Jordan song.

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