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Juke Joint (1947)

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


Spencer Williams


True T. Thompson (original story)




Complete credited cast:
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


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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26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Juke Joint (1947)

** (out of 4)

An all black cast feature from director Spencer Williams. Two con men (one played by Williams) travel to a small town where they get mixed up in a beauty contest. This film plays out a lot more like a sitcom than an actual feature but it never really takes off. This is probably the lowest budgeted black flick I've seen from this period but Williams is still able to get the story across and his performance is right on the mark as usual. The supporting cast, no shock, give pretty bad performances and this really hurts the main storyline since we're suppose to believe that one of the girls in the contest really does have acting talent. There's some great jazz music at the end of the film and a hilarious moment where grandma, armed with a broom, shows up at the music joint to beat some sense into her family.

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