So Long Letty (1929 film)

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So Long Letty
So Long Letty (1929 film) poster.jpg
Movie poster
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Written by Robert Lord
Arthur Caesar (dialogue)
De Leon Anthony (titles)
Based on So Long Letty
(1916 stage musical)
Oliver Morosco
Elmer Harris
Music & Lyrics:
Earl Carroll[1]
Starring Charlotte Greenwood
Music by Louis Silvers
Grant Clarke
Peter DeRose
Charles Tobias
Sidney Clare
Earl Carroll
Harry Akst[2]
Cinematography James Van Trees
Edited by Jack Killifer
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
October 16, 1929
Running time
64 minutes
Country United States
Language English

So Long Letty is a 1929 American pre-Code musical comedy directed by Lloyd Bacon and starring Charlotte Greenwood, reprising her role from the 1916 Broadway stage play.[3][4][5] The story had previously been filmed as a silent under the same title in 1920 with Colleen Moore.


Uncle Claude comes to the Ardmore Beach Hotel to see Tommy and his wife. At the hotel, with his two granddaughters Ruth and Sally, Uncle Claude meets a wise-talking employee named Letty, which causes him to leave the hotel. When he finds Tommy, he mistakes Grace for his wife and likes her and the way she keeps a clean house. To get a big check from Uncle Claude and to see how life is with the other, the two couples switch spouses for a week.


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The film premiered on October 16, 1929. Film historian Scott Eyman, in his book The Speed of Sound, wrote that the film was one of a wave of more than 70 musicals inundating American movie theaters in 1930. Like most of its genre at the time, it was financially disappointing and "barely broke even", despite the "glorious rowdy Charlotte Greenwood", Eyman said.[6]


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