Big Timers/Look-Out Sister [DVD]

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Overview

Synopsis

Look-Out Sister
Though atrociously directed, the all-black Look Out Sister is saved by its exuberant musical numbers. Bandleader Louis Jordan imagines that he's in charge of a dude ranch. Posing as a rootin' tootin' gunslinger, Jordan saves Suzette Harbin from the mustache-twirling machinations of Monty Hawley. The film's 64-minute running time easily accommodates eleven first-rate songs, most of them performed by Jordan and his Tympany Six. If you're looking for a genuine all-black western rather than a musical posing as a sagebrusher, try Herb Jeffries' Bronze Buckaroo or Harlem on the Prairie. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Big Timers
A poor singer borrows a fancy apartment in order to impress her fiancé and his family. This musical comedy with an all-black cast features an all-girl band, and there is even a song by famed comedian Stepin Fetchit. It is a prime example of what used to be called "race movies," films that were made by small, independent companies specifically for black audiences, since many theaters at the time were segregated. ~ Brian Gusse, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Louis Jordan
    Louis Jordan - Himself
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    Suzette Harbin - Betty Scott
  • Monte Hawley
    Monte Hawley - Mack Gordon
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    Tom Southern - Cactus
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    Jack Clisby - Pistol Pete
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