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Slightly Dangerous (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | April 1943 (USA)
Peggy is 21 and bored. She has just been awarded a certificate for starting work on time for 1000 days. She decides that she needs a change so she leaves a note, which is taken to be ... See full summary »

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Peggy is 21 and bored. She has just been awarded a certificate for starting work on time for 1000 days. She decides that she needs a change so she leaves a note, which is taken to be suicidal, and heads for New York where she gets a make over. A new outfit, a new look and an freak accident gets her in the paper as a amnesia victim, just because she does not want to be Peggy Evans any more. The paper thinks she may be an heiress so she searches for a few clues from back issues of the paper and finds that Carol Burden was never found. Cornelius Burden, however, has sent dozens of frauds to jail already and she must trick him and Baba to keep out of jail. Next, she must stop her old manager, Bob Stuart, from spilling the beans about her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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What A Figure She Was Behind A Soda Counter! But The Satins And Sables Brought Out The Best In Her!

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Comedy | Romance

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April 1943 (USA)  »

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During production there were a few proposed titles for the film, such as "Nothing Ventured" and "Laweless". In view of the recent scandal involving a pregnant Lana Turner-(her marriage to the child's father, Stephen Crane, was not legal since his divorce from his first wife had yet to become final), those titles were rejected. Eventually, the studio settled on "Slightly Dangerous", an ironic title for a comedy that did ultimately serve the film (and Turner) very well. See more »

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When Peggy visits the library's newspaper archive, she takes down a bound volume of the New York Star marked July 1924 on the spine from a shelf of volumes labeled with the months of 1924. In the next closeup the volume is marked July 1924 on the spine and July 1925 on the front cover (visible simultaneously). A montage of her subsequent searches continues with the August and September 1925 volumes and beyond. See more »

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Claudius Swade - Owner of Motel: Are we having trouble with our car, folks?
Bob Stuart: Yes... Is there any place around here I can get this thing fixed?
Claudius Swade - Owner of Motel: Well, there's an all-night garage...
Bob Stuart: [with a hopeful expression] There is?
Claudius Swade - Owner of Motel: Yep. But it closed at 12:00.
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Featured in Lana Turner... a Daughter's Memoir (2001) See more »

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I Know That You Know
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Played as dance music at the party
(From the musical comedy "Oh, Please!")
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Makeover for Peggy
11 October 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The delightful MGM film "Slightly Dangerous" proved to the world the power and star appeal of Lana Turner, who at 21, was at the height of her beauty. The film, directed with great comedic style by Wesley Ruggles, feels as fresh today as when it was released. The excellent quality of the print TCM showed is one of the reasons to enjoy it even more.

"Slightly Dangerous" is a fun film, typical of those wartime years. We are introduced to Peggy Evans. She has been selected for an award of $2.50, in merchandise from the small department store where she works, for her punctuality. Figuring it would take her another three years to earn the $10.00 prize, Peggy, who has quarreled with her new boss, Bob Stuart, decides to try her luck in Manhattan, where she undergoes a make over and goes from a brunette into a ravishingly looking blonde.

Her problems start when she is hit by a bucket of paint in front of one of the daily newspapers. Since her clothes are ruined, and has no proof of identity, the people around her believe she has suffered a temporary memory loss. Thus begins her adventure in the big city in which she pretends to be the lost daughter of a millionaire.

Bob, who has been fired himself, comes to the city trying to locate Peggy after he sees her picture in the newspaper. By now, Peggy has turned into Carol Burden, the daughter of the rich Cornelius Burden. Her troubles start when Bob wants to prove she is Peggy the girl with whom he has fallen in love.

The film is delightful because of the light touch Mr. Green gave the story. Lana Turner was a good comedienne who was perfect in playing the double role of Peggy/Carol. Robert Young was also an actor that was effective in all the comedies he played, as he shows here with his take of Bob. The perfect supporting cast couldn't be better. Walter Brennan, Dame May Witty, Eugene Palette, Ward Bond, Ray Collins, Alan Mowbray.

"Slightly Dangerous" will please everyone because of the magnificent cast in the movie.


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