Cast: Anderson Eddie ‘Rochester’; Armstrong Louis; Bailey Bill; Best Willie; Bluett Lennie; Choir Hall Johnson; Duke Ellington Orchestra; Ellington Duke; Fluellen Joel; Ingram Rex; Lee Ford Washington; Moreland Mantan; Poke Leon James; Polk Oscar; Rivers Fletcher; Roberts Henry Phace; Rosemond Clinton; Savage Archie; Spencer Kenneth; Stewart Nick; Sublett John William; Thomas Johnny; Whitman Ernest; Ake Doris; Ball Juliette; Bufford Daisy; Dandridge Ruby; Dandridge Vivian; Franklin Louise; Harbin Suzette; Harris Avanelle; Hartsfield Kathleen; Hathaway Maggie; Herndon Cleo; Horne Lena; McQueen Butterfly; Moore Tommie; O’Brien Florence; Romero Carmencita; Wade Ernestine; Waters Ethel; Freed Arthur; Lewis Albert; Connelly Marc; Root Lynn; Schrank Joseph; Wagner Sidney; Bassman George; Edens Roger; Irene; Shoup Howard; Steele Gile; Berkeley Busby; Minnelli Vincente; Kress Harold F.; Monroe Millie
Taglines: Broadway’s big, fun-jammed music show is on the screen at last–crowded with stars and songs and spectacle in the famed MGM manner!
At Last on the Screen! The Musical Comedy Sensation!
Storyline: In this musical, Little Joe, an inveterate gambler, promises his wife Petunia he’ll reform and confess his sins at church, but he slips out the side door to play craps at the Paradise club; he’s shot and brought home with a mortal wound. Petunia offers powerful prayers, and Joe gets a six-month reprieve. Heaven’s forces, led by the General, and those below, led by Lucifer Jr., try to pull Joe their way. Lucifer Jr. has a not-so-secret weapon, the sultry Georgia Brown, and his idea men cook up a great scheme to win Joe’s soul. The General has Joe’s good intentions and Petunia’s inventiveness. Will she and Joe reach their cabin in the sky?
Little Joe is a compulsive gambler, who has promised several times to his wife Petunia that he’ll quit this bad habit. Petunia is a very religious woman, and every Sunday goes with Little Joe to the church. Little Joe has debts with another gambler, which are threatening him to pay quick or assume the consequences. One day, Little Joe seems to make a serious promise to Petunia that now he’s definitely out of gambling, but at the first opportunity, when the woman is distracted, Little Joe runs away to the casino. A shooting takes place at the casino, where Little Joe’s severely injured. The unfortunate man, despite Petunia’s prayers, dies and his soul makes a deal with the General, at God services, and Lucifer Jr.: to become a good husband and quit gambling in a lapse of six months, otherwise, his soul will be condemned. Little Joe resuscitates and apparently is behaving well, but later he finds out that has won a big money prize. He and a seductive singer, Georgia Brown, begin to hang out and exhibit themselves with elegant clothes, expensive jewelry and a luxurious car in front of Petunia. The General and Lucifer keep watching Little Joe, and maybe this could be his last chance.