Juke Joint (1947)

juke joint 1947

Lame comedy starring Spencer Williams who also directed. This was his last movie before retiring. That didn’t last too long as he returned to play Andrew H.Brown on TV’s “The Amos ‘N Andy Show” (1951-55).

Bad News Johnson (Spencer Williams) and July Jones (July Jones) leave Memphis ahead of the cops and go to Dallas. All they have is a quarter. Johnson manages to get them a room at the home of the Holiday family. Before they get there Louella sends husband Sam to get some meat for dinner. As usual he ends up at the pool hall and losing the money at cards.

Johnson says his name is Vanderbilt Whitney and July is Corn Bread Green. He says he’s not an actor but a thespian. Louella buys it and offers them a free room if they can coach daughter Honey Dew how to act on stage at that nights beauty contest. Luella’s other daughter Florida is scheming to run off to Chicago with the owner of Johnny’s Juke Joint.

Honey Dew breaks up a fight between Luella and Sam when he gets home and Louella sends her to the store and they all settle in for dinner. When they leave for the theater and the contest Luella tells Florida to stay home. Of course she heads straight for Johnny’s place. He takes a phone call from his wife and he says he’ll be home late.

Honey Dew wins the contest and Sam’s friend High Life Harris suggests to Sam they take her to Johnny’s. Back home Luella is waiting with Johnson and July with some lemonade and cake to celebrate Honey Dews’ victory. The guys tell her they’ll find the girls. Luella has a good idea where everybody is and grabs an umbrella and steams out of the house to Johnny’s. There’s going to be a showdown.

As bad as this is there is some good music from the Red Calhoun Orchestra.



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