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Juke Joint (1947)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama
Two insolvent con men get involved in a small town beauty contest.

Director:

Spencer Williams

Writer:

True T. Thompson (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Williams Spencer Williams ... Bad News Johnson / Vanderbilt Whitney
July Jones July Jones ... 'Cornbread' Green
Inez Newell Inez Newell ... Louella 'Mama Lou' Holiday
Leonard Duncan Leonard Duncan ... Samuel 'Papa Sam' Holiday
Dauphine Moore Dauphine Moore ... Barbara 'Honey Dew' Holiday
Melody Duncan Melody Duncan ... Melody Holiday
Katherine Moore Katherine Moore ... Florida Holiday
Tilford Patterson Tilford Patterson ... Jefferson Lee
Albert Smith Albert Smith ... 'High Life' Harris
Howard Galloway Howard Galloway ... 'Juke Joint' Johnny
Clifford Beamon Clifford Beamon ... Jackson, the bartender
Frances McHugh Frances McHugh ... Waitress
Don Gilbert Don Gilbert ... Master of Ceremonies
Red Calhoun Red Calhoun ... Bandleader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Duncan's Beauty Showgirls Duncan's Beauty Showgirls
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Worth a look, but not as exciting as the title
10 September 2002 | by Sleepy-17See 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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