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Release Date:
11 November 1938 (USA) See more »
Movie star Annabel Allison has further comic adventures with her wacky publicity agent. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Oakie ... Lanny Morgan

Lucille Ball ... Annabel Allison
Ruth Donnelly ... Josephine 'Jo'
Bradley Page ... Howard Webb, Chief of Wonder Pictures

Ralph Forbes ... Viscount Ronald River-Clyde
Frances Mercer ... Natalie Preston
Donald MacBride ... Thompson, RR Conductor

Alice White ... Marcella, Hotel Manicurist
Chester Clute ... Pitcarin, Rodney-Marlborough Hotel Manager
Jean Rouverol ... Laura Hampton
Clare Verdera ... Viscountess River-Clyde
Edward Gargan ... Longshoreman at dance
Pepito Pérez ... Poochy the Accordion Player (as Pepito)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wesley Barry ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Tommy Bupp ... Boy on Stage with Marcella (uncredited)

Edmund Cobb ... Process Server (uncredited)
William Corson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Virginia Dabney ... Miss Green, Webb's Secretary (uncredited)
Mary Jo Desmond ... Girl (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman at Horse Show (uncredited)
Rita Gould ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Race Track Official (uncredited)
Al Herman ... Dreamland Manager who calls Police (uncredited)

Cecil Kellaway ... Strothers, River-Clyde's Publisher (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ... Police Court Sergeant (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Theater Stage Manager (uncredited)
Robert McKenzie ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Tiara Delivery Man (uncredited)
Rafael Storm ... Marquis De la Destart (uncredited)
Robert Warwick ... Race Track Announcer (uncredited)

Directed by
Lew Landers 
Writing credits
Bert Granet (screen play) and
Olive Cooper (screen play)

Joe Bigelow (story) and
Bert Granet (story)

Charles Hoffman (based on characters by)

Produced by
Lou Lusty .... producer
Lee S. Marcus .... executive producer (as Lee Marcus)
Original Music by
Robert Russell Bennett (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Russell Metty 
Film Editing by
Harry Marker 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino  (as Albert D'Agostino)
Van Nest Polglase 
Costume Design by
Renié (gowns)
Art Department
Darrell Silvera .... set dresser
Sound Department
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound recordist
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Russell Bennett .... musical director
Crew verified as complete

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67 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #4603)

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Josephine:Annabel's fallen in love!
Howard Webb:She can't do that. It's not in her contract.
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4 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes It Is People, 17 September 2005
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

Serious film nuts are out there. I get mail from waves of them every day as I run in the dark, stepping on feet with my comments.

There seem to be two kinds of zealots: those attached to genres and archetypes and those attached to specific people, actors and directors.

I usually blow off the email about actors. Usually actors don't have much to do with the movies they are in, and when they do it is because they coordinate their intent with that of the filmmaker. And except for a short list, most actors — like their brethren politicians — are just dull, empty people.

But I feel differently about actors in the 30s and 40s. Some of them. Those of interest just happened to be there when movies settled down after the great confusions: sound, color, the code, and the great quest of movies to define themselves.

If you want to understand your imagination, you need to follow the grooves in film. And to do that you need to see the family tree of genres, and that is only found in 30s and 40s films. The genres, naturally enough, co-evolved with certain film archetypes, and most of those were invented by actors.

Some of these actors are forgotten while their character type remains: Edna May Oliver. Some have become icons themselves, like Jimmy Stewart. Lucille Ball is worth following.

Any of these icons is worth seeing in their early work when they play characters who are actors. In this case, Lucille is an actress trying to establish an identity (which she did eventually and wonderfully) playing an actress doing the same thing. Oakie plays all the dumb jokes, so is usually that attentiongetter in the Annabel films.

But take a look at this woman. She said she wasn't funny but brave. You can see that. You can also see that she invented her walk after losing that ability because of sickness. And you can already see how she engineers her fake eyebrows after losing those. Her face isn't a funny one, but she makes it so with her mouth and eyes and those eyes are inherently comic, but painted on.

You can also see her — or rather her character — working out how to pair with the type that became Ethyl Merman.

This was in the day when she was a brunette.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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