|So Long Letty|
|Directed by||Lloyd Bacon|
|Written by||Robert Lord|
Arthur Caesar (dialogue)
De Leon Anthony (titles)
|Based on||So Long Letty|
(1916 stage musical)
Music & Lyrics:
|Music by||Louis Silvers|
|Cinematography||James Van Trees|
|Edited by||Jack Killifer|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|October 16, 1929|
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. 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.
- Charlotte Greenwood as Letty Robbins
- Claude Gillingwater as Uncle Claude
- Grant Withers as Harry Miller
- Patsy Ruth Miller as Grace Miller
- Bert Roach as Tommy Robbins
- Marion Byron as Ruth Davis
- Helen Foster as Sally Davis
- Hallam Cooley as Clarence de Brie
- Harry Gribbon as Joe Casey
- Lloyd Ingraham as Judge
Release and reception
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.
- So Long Letty on the Internet Broadway Database
- So Long Letty at the TCM Movie Database
- So Long Letty as produced on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre, October 1916 to January 1917, 96 performances; IBDb.com
- The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: So Long Letty
- So Long Letty at silentera.com
- Eyman, Scott (1999). The Speed of Sound. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 349. ISBN 0801861926.