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If Jack Haley and Ann Sothern had been A list players Danger - Love At Work would have attained the classic status for screwball comedy. As it is it's a great undiscovered piece of film making.
Haley is a rich junior lawyer at a prestigious white shoe law firm who hasn't exactly lived up to his potential or at least the potential his money should have brought him. After others before him failed he gets the assignment from his firm to get a family named Pemberton to sign off on the sale of a piece of property next to a country club the firm represents.
Not so easy because as was said in Arsenic And Old Lace insanity doesn't run in this family, it gallops. These people will not be distracted from their particular brand of insanity. That includes daughter Ann Sothern who was marking out the territory that Katharine Hepburn claimed later in Bringing Up Baby.
A great group of familiar character players was brought together by 20th Century Fox for roles here, Frank Capra couldn't have done better. My favorite is Maurice Cass who usually plays mild and officious doctors and professors. Here he's decided that civilization itself has been a failure and has decided to live in a cave like a caveman. He's Ann Sothern's uncle. The rest are as bad.
I mention Capra because if Capra or Leo McCarey or Gregory LaCava had directed Danger - Love At Work it would be a classic as well. But in one of his early contract assignments it was Otto Preminger, not known for directing comedy who was the man in charge. It was a B picture and Preminger got some good performances out of his cast, but he wasn't any kind of name yet.
This one is a real undiscovered comic gem, don't miss it if broadcast.
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