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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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William Forest Crouch (original story) (as William Forest), Irwin Winehouse (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Louis Jordan ... Schyler Jarvis / Louis Jarvis
June Richmond ... June
Milton Woods Milton Woods ... Sam Adams
Bea Griffith Bea Griffith ... Honey Carter / Lovey Linn
David Bethea David Bethea ... Dolph the butler
Lorenzo Tucker Lorenzo Tucker ... Henry Talbot
Vanita Smythe Vanita Smythe ... Rusty
Mable Lee Mable Lee ... Mabel (as Mabel Lee)
Dots Johnson Dots Johnson ... Michaels
Pat Rainey Pat Rainey ... Pat Rains
Rudy Toombs Rudy Toombs ... Hal
J. Louis Johnson J. Louis Johnson ... Schyler Jarvis Sr. (as J. Lewis Johnson)
Joe Lillard Joe Lillard ... Lt. Jerome
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Mono
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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 »

Quotes

Rusty: But you could learn to love me, darling.
Louis Jarvis: I can't afford the lesson!
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Soundtracks

TONIGHT, BE TENDER TO ME
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Sung by Bea Griffith and Louis Jordan
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Let The Good Times Roll
30 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

When Louis Jordan dies, he leaves the bulk of his estate to his son, Louis Jordan, providing he marry a girl who matches the measurements of Bea Griffith. However, his attorney, Lorenzo Tucker, has forged a will changing the measurements to match his girlfriend, Vanita Smythe. Louis can use the money -- he's putting on a show -- but he's already fallen in love with Miss Griffith.

None of this is actually of any importance. What matters in this movie directed by soundie expert William Forest Crouch and shot by Don Malkames, are the musical numbers. There are fourteen of them played by Jordan and his Tympany Five, with a dozen of them sung by Jordan and two by second-billed June Richmond, all of them good, and most of them standards, like "Let the Good Times Roll", "Ain't That Just Like A Woman" and "The Texas and Pacific."

Like many of the race films of this era, the line readings are mostly mechanical, but the songs are great.


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