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Film, Video Caldonia

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  • Caldonia


  • Louis Jordan loses a Hollywood contract and his girlfriend, Caldonia, when Felix Paradise lures him to New York, promising filmmaking facilities beyond his economic means. Songs performed: Caldonia, Honey chile, Tillie, Buzz me.


  • Crouch, William Forest, 1904-1968, film director, film producer
  • Adams, Berle, film producer
  • Malkames, Don, cinematographer
  • Jordan, Louis, 1908-1975, performer
  • Tympany Five, performer
  • Astor Pictures, film distributor
  • Valburn/Ellington Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Astor Pictures Corporation, 1945.


  • -  Jordan, Louis,--1908-1975--Drama
  • -  African American jazz musicians--Drama
  • -  Jazz--1941-1950
  • -  New York (N.Y.)--Drama


  • Race films
  • Musical films
  • Comedy films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  Copyright notice on film: Adams Productions, Inc. ; 1945.
  • -  Additional dialogue, Mickey Goldsen, William Forest Crouch ; production supervisor, John T. Doran ; cinematographer, Don Malkames ; settings, Sam Corso ; film editor, Leonard Weiss ; musical compositions, Fleecie Moore, Danny Baxter, Eugene Phillips, Arnold Thomas, Wilmor "Slick" Jones.
  • -  Starring: Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five.
  • -  Nicki O'Daniel (Caldonia), Richard Huey (Felix Paradise), Joan Clark (Rosie), George Wiltshire (George), Sam "Spo-de-o-de" Pheard, Louis Jordan (himself).
  • -  Incomplete: VHS viewing copy (Valburn/Ellington Collection) is lacking 2 minutes due to damage in the source material.
  • -  VHS viewing copy is on one cassette with two other films: St. Louis blues and Symphony in black.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Donor collection inventory in M/B/RS Acquisitions file; Meeker, Jazz in the movies; Sampson, Blacks in black and white, p. 174.


  • 1 video file (digital) (ca. 21 min.) : sd., b&w.
  • viewing copy 1 videocassette of 1 (incomplete) (VHS) (18 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • VAB 6837 (viewing copy)

Source Collection

  • Dettlaff (Alois) Collection (Library of Congress)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 92506566

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Crouch, William Forest, Film Director, Film Producer, Berle Adams, Don Malkames, Film Distributor Astor Pictures, and Valburn/Ellington Collection. Caldonia. performeds by Jordan, Louis, and Tympany Five United States: Astor Pictures Corporation, 1945. Video.

APA citation style:

Crouch, W. F., Adams, B., Malkames, D., Astor Pictures, F. D. & Valburn/Ellington Collection. (1945) Caldonia. Jordan, L. & Tympany Five, performers United States: Astor Pictures Corporation. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Crouch, William Forest, Film Director, Film Producer, et al. Caldonia. performer by Jordan, Louis, and Tympany Five United States: Astor Pictures Corporation, 1945. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.