GenreComedy, Musical CinematographyJames Van Trees LanguageEnglish
WriterOliver Morosco, Elmer Harris, Robert Lord, Arthur Caesar Release dateOctober 16, 1929 Produced byWarner Bros. Entertainment CastCharlotte Greenwood (Letty Robbins), Claude Gillingwater (Uncle Claude), Grant Withers (Harry Miller), Patsy Ruth Miller (Grace Miller), Bert Roach (Tommy Robbins), Marion Byron (Ruth Davis) Similar moviesRelated Lloyd Bacon movies
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.