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Obliging Young Lady (1942)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  30 January 1942 (USA)
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Linda Norton is instructed by her employer attorney to take young Bridget Potter, whose wealthy parents are engaged in a divorce suit, to an isolated country resort, to shelter the girl ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Carroll ...
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'Red' Reddy, aka Professor Stanley
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Linda Norton
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'Space' OShea, aka Suwanee Rivers
Robert Smith ...
Charles 'Charlie' Baker
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Professor Gibney
Marjorie Gateson ...
Mira Potter
John Miljan ...
George Potter
George Cleveland ...
Clarence - Manager of Lake Mohawk Lodge
Luis Alberni ...
Riccardi
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Private Detective Smith
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Chef
Andrew Tombes ...
First Train Conductor
Almira Sessions ...
Maid at Lake Mohawk Lodge
Pierre Watkin ...
John Markham
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Linda Norton is instructed by her employer attorney to take young Bridget Potter, whose wealthy parents are engaged in a divorce suit, to an isolated country resort, to shelter the girl from newspaper reporters and publicity. To the same resort comes Red Reddy, a hope-to-be novelist with plans also of furthering a former brief acquaintance with Linda; Charles Baker, Linda's fiancée; a snooping private detective; and Space O'Shea, who hopes to get a story on Bridget and her divorce-seeking parents. The resort is also host to a convention-meeting of a group of bird lovers headed by the prissy Gibney. The mix gives rise to more than a few situations. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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30 January 1942 (USA)  »

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Senhorita Amabilidade  »

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In the opening scene, Red Reddy repeats "Heinie Manush" to the rhythm of the motion of the train he's riding and gradually the other passengers begin to repeat it as well. Henry "Heinie" Manush was a major league ballplayer who played for 17 seasons and had retired from baseball at the time this film was made. See more »

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Florence Gill is credited onscreen as "Miss Hollyrod", but it is Nora Cecil who is called by that name. See more »

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'Red' Reddy, aka Professor Stanley: [Chants the name of a baseball player in rhythm of the train in motion - soon picked up by everyone on the train] Heinie Manush-Heinie Manush-Heinie Manush-Heinie Manush...
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Very Odd To Say The Least
25 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This weirdly inept attempt at screwball comedy is undone by the casting of its three leads. Edmond O'Brien -- best remembered today as the desperate poisoning victim in the 1950 cult classic "D.O.A." and the alcoholic senator in "Seven Days In May" (1964) -- and Ruth Warrick -- known primarily for playing Charles Foster Kane's first wife in "Citizen Kane" and a long run on a TV soap opera -- were never known as adept farceurs. And moppet actress Joan Carroll has the kind of physical and verbal precocity that makes the audience wonder if perhaps she might not be a midget (OK, "little person," if we have not yet appropriately repudiated the silliness of political correctness). And she's a little person with a distracting tendency to let her mouth hang open in closeup reaction shots, at that.

The script -- rewritten (over Frank Ryan) by Bert Granet, suggesting that a certain paucity of talent may have been what redirected him to demi-success as a TV producer in the '50s and '60s -- is littered with what are presumably meant to be running gags, but bespeak a lack of understanding that to merit that classification, the shtik must be funny, not merely repetitive. These "runners" include the bizarre notion of a train's sound mimicking the name of a famous baseball player of the period, Heinie Manusch, and every passenger on the train getting the name stuck in their head, treating us to tedious extended sequences of extras chanting the name over and over again in syncopation with the chugging of the locomotive. There is also Carroll's character, Bridget, who repeatedly demands, for no apparent reason, "What's wrong with the name Bridget?"

This farrago of badly-executed ideas is ultimately ill-served by the direction of B movie hack Richard Wallace, whose coverage is so inadequate that the cutter is repeatedly forced to go from masters to two-shots in which actors' positions and expressions change radically, making startling jump cuts out of what should be seamless transitions. Wallace even manages to undermine the usually-redoubtable Eve Arden, evidently sabotaging her trademark talent for wringing laughs from the lamest one-liners by underplaying. It almost looks like Wallace coaxed her to overact. It's painful to watch...not unlike the film as a whole.


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