Cast & Crew
Louis Jordan is hospitalized with a physical breakdown after a long road tour with his band and is forced to lay off for a year or so. Theatrical agent Mack Morgan phones Louis' manager to complain that he has Louis booked for ten weeks and will lose a lot of money due to the cancellations. He also feels that Louis has been playing too many benefits. Louis is confined to a sanatorium where he meets Billy, a young boy on crutches, who would like to become a cowboy. Louis tells nurse Betty Scott that he is going to try to find a way to help the boy achieve his goal. After taking some medication, Louis falls into a deep sleep and has a dream which includes some of the people from his life. In the dream, Louis and his band go to a convalescent ranch in Lookout, Arizona. A neighboring ranch owner, Mack Morgan, tells Betty Scott that the Health and Happiness Ranch, which she and her brother Bob have recently inherited, is too big for her to run and that she appears to be getting into debt. However, Betty intends to keep the ranch going so that adults and children can come there to recuperate. When Morgan tells her that the mortgage he gave her father is due, but that he is willing to forget the debt if Betty marries him, she protests that she does not love him. Bob informs Morgan that a rich former patient, a banker, is returning and will help them to keep the ranch going. Morgan, however, informs them that unless he gets his money he will foreclose on the mortgage. Later, while Louis and his band perform at the ranch, Morgan and his henchman Cactus send a fake telegram from the county health commissioner to the banker advising him to cancel his visit due to a strange epidemic. Morgan wants to run Betty and Bob off the ranch as he has discovered oil on it. Later, after Bob performs some horse riding and rodeo tricks, Louis is persuaded to have a go but is quickly bucked off his horse. After Morgan shows Bob and Betty a newspaper story about the banker vacationing elsewhere, he demands his money by the following evening. When Louis learns of their dilemma, he tells Betty and Bob that he will wire stars of stage, screen and radio and that they will fix up everything. Morgan overhears Louis, draws a gun on him and advises him to leave. Later, when Billy invites Louis to a range for some shooting practice, Louis accidentally shoots a jar containing a sample oil deposit and realizes that the oil is the reason Morgan wants to get rid of Betty and Bob. Cactus witnesses Louis's discovery and informs Morgan, who then decides to frame Louis for horse-stealing. However, Billy spots Cactus leaving a stolen horse in the ranch's barn, and when Morgan brings the sheriff to arrest Louis, Bob, tipped off by Billy, comes to Louis' defense. A fistfight breaks out and Bob and Louis escape on horseback, pursued by Morgan and the sheriff's posse. During a long chase, Morgan shoots at Louis, who returns fire, knocking Morgan off his horse. Just as the posse catches up with him, Louis wakes up in his hospital bed and tells Billy that he knows just the place where he can go to get well and learn to be a cowboy--The Health and Happiness Ranch. Louis phones his manager and asks him to wire many stars to attend the opening of his new ranch in Lookout. Nurse Betty thinks that this is a great idea and kisses him.
John E. Gordon
R. M. Savini
This film's working title was The Dude Ranch. A biography of Louis Jordan states that some of the film was shot at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. The onscreen credits list Don Wilson, Sid Robins (sic), Benny Carter, Irving Gordon, Ben Lorre and Jeff Dane as additional composers but the titles of their numbers have not been determined and it is possible that they wrote some or all of the songs listed without composers.