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The Affairs of Annabel (1938)

 -  Comedy  -  9 September 1938 (USA)
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Wonder Pictures' seedy publicity man Lanny Morgan has put the studio's biggest star, Annabel Allison, in one crazy stunt after another. His latest scheme has Annabel pretending to be a maid... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Oakie ...
Morgan
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Annabel
Ruth Donnelly ...
Josephine
Bradley Page ...
Webb
Fritz Feld ...
Vladimir
Thurston Hall ...
Major
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mrs. Fletcher
Granville Bates ...
Mr. Fletcher
James Burke ...
Muldoon
Lee Van Atta ...
Robert Fletcher
...
Bailey
Eddie Marr ...
Martin
Leona Roberts ...
Mrs. Hurley
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Wonder Pictures' seedy publicity man Lanny Morgan has put the studio's biggest star, Annabel Allison, in one crazy stunt after another. His latest scheme has Annabel pretending to be a maid in order to research her next screen role. Her disastrous attempts at cooking and cleaning, and her involvement with two fugitives hiding out at her employers' house provide her with more material than she really wanted. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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9 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ah ces vedettes!  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Annabel Allison: Is this uncanny?
Scarlet, the Maid: No ma'am, I'm Scarlet.
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Followed by Annabel Takes a Tour (1938) See more »

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"Why is a good-lookin' doll like you workin' as a kitchen mechanic?"
15 June 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Rather forced comedy with Lucille Ball as a movie star who lets her publicity agent Jack Oakie get her into one far-fetched scheme after another. Considering Lucy would become famous for getting into far-fetched situations on television, you'd think this might work. Well, it doesn't. The thing is that while I Love Lucy was full of harebrained schemes and outlandish situations, they were usually rooted in some reality. The laughs were earned. Here, it's all wackiness for the sake of wackiness and it feels very contrived. Jack Oakie plays a walking cartoon character, very annoying and full of the dumbest ideas. He's supposed to be a send-up of real publicity agents, exaggerated for effect. But he's exaggerated too much, in my opinion. He never feels like a real person. Lucy, looking pretty as ever, tries her able best to make the most of the material she's given but her character is another that's tough to accept. She doesn't seem like a stupid person yet, for the sake of the plot, she goes along with the obviously moronic ideas of Oakie. Still, her fans will enjoy seeing her in this early starring role. The movie is helped some by a nice supporting cast, all of which do their best. This was followed by a sequel but thankfully not more than one. Recommended for die-hard Lucy fans but that's it.


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