“Don’t Be a Joe” (1947), the unreleased and lost movie with Cab Calloway

It takes a collector’s serendipity to find a clue about a movie nobody ever saw. When opening a program dated with pencil by the original owner “November 14, 1947,” we found at the penultimate page a mysterious photo with a tagline: “A scene from ‘DON’T BE A JOE’” After years of unsuccessful research to see this film and a last-minute discovery by jazz film specialist Mark Cantor, we have decided to share what little we know about it -- which is quite a bit considering the total absence of information in all the usual sources.  Plus some of our speculations are included for context. Read the full story →