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Look-Out Sister (1947)

Approved | | Music, Western | March 1947 (USA)
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 »


Bud Pollard


John E. Gordon (original screenplay), Will Morrissey (additional dialogue)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Jordan ... Himself
Suzette Harbin Suzette Harbin ... Betty Scott
Monte Hawley Monte Hawley ... Mack Gordon
Bob Scott Bob Scott ... Bob
Glen Allen Glen Allen ... Billy (as Glenn Allen)
Tom Southern Tom Southern ... Cactus (as Tommy Southern)
Maceo Bruce Sheffield ... Police Officer Lee (as Maceo Sheffield)
Jack Clisby Jack Clisby ... Pistol Pete
Anice Clark Anice Clark ... Exhibition Diver
Dorothy Seamans Dorothy Seamans ... Exhibition Diver
Peggy Thomas Peggy Thomas ... Dancer
Louis Jordan's Timphony-Six Band Louis Jordan's Timphony-Six Band ... Themselves - Jordan's Band
Aaron Izenhall Aaron Izenhall ... Trumpeter
Paul Quinichette Paul Quinichette ... Tenor Saxophonist
William Doggett William Doggett ... Pianist


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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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


Music | Western


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March 1947 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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A must-see for Louis Jordan fans; enjoyable for everyone else
4 February 2004 | by gimhoffSee all my reviews

In the 1940's, many comedians, including Bob Hope, Red Skelton, and Abbott and Costello, made movies in which they played Easterners who travel to the west and are comically out of place. This is Louis Jordan's version of the story. Jordan, a popular bandleader (Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five), saxophonist, and singer who specialized in comic songs, plays himself. He has a breakdown from overwork and while in the sanatorium dreams of going to a fancy dude ranch with his band (as Two-Gun Jordan and His Jivin' Cowhands). He helps the pretty ranch owner (the very pretty Suzette Harbin, who also plays Jordan's nurse in the sanatorium) save her ranch from the scheming mortgage holder (Monte Hawley) who wants either to marry her or to foreclose on the ranch so he can claim the oil he has discovered on the property.

This movie is better produced and filmed than most black films of the period (though there obviously wasn't enough money for retakes when the actors flubbed their lines). But it is primarily a showcase for several well-known Jordan songs, with just enough horse-riding, gun fights, and fist fights to qualify it as a B Western, too.

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