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7/10
Lana at 21 was gorgeous and a darned good actress in light comedy...
Neil Doyle10 October 2005
SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS gave 21 year-old LANA TURNER her first big starring break in a film not dominated by a male star. MGM couldn't have chosen a better vehicle to show off her talent as a light comedienne with a gorgeous face and figure. And ROBERT YOUNG does nicely as her leading man in a farce that has elements of screwball comedy.

It takes the mistaken identity theme (based on a false case of amnesia) and puts Lana in the clutches of rich relatives--WALTER BRENNAN (in an unusual role for him) and DAME MAY WITTY--who believe she is their long lost daughter. Young knows the real story and spends most of the movie chasing after her to prove to the folks in her hometown that he shouldn't have lost his job over her disappearance.

It's all lightweight comedy and Turner never misses a chance to give the role of the scheming girl a sense of fun and innocence with a sexy twist. She goes from brunette salesgirl to blonde heiress in a series of outfits that only MGM's wardrobe department could devise. This is the kind of light escapist entertainment that weary wartime GIs were crazy about--and Lana looks sensational while giving an expert performance.

ROBERT YOUNG is no slouch as her leading man. He has some scenes that reveal just what a flair he had for light comedy--and some of it very physical.

The big delight is seeing so many well-known names in character roles: Ward Bond, Florence Bates, Alan Mobray, Bobby Blake (as Lana's kid brother), Ray Collins, Frank Faylen, Norma Varden and Howard Freeman, to name a few.

Well worth a look--a pure delight from start to finish.
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Funny, light, comedy-drama
siberryfan27 September 2003
I didn't find this film to be a let down in any way - I found it very funny. I didn't take my eyes from it; the gorgeous sets and beautiful Lana Turner were mesmerizing. There is a hilarious scene in which Peggy Evans (Turner) is trying to decide what her new name will be: Walking down a city street, she sees ads and signs of retailers and tries out the names to see if they suit her (Abercrombie & Fitch, Suzanne Hats, etc...). She's debating with herself, trying out new names - and it's just hilarious. There are a few scenes where we hear her talking to herself, and I find these scenes some of the most fun. She's clever and serious, but her logic is unfounded. This is a fun movie, and I don't believe the cast took it too seriously. The cast seemed to make it a light comedy-drama, with a few madcap laughs.
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8/10
Lana Turner sparkle fest
emdragon20 April 2005
This little picture, a fine Wesley Ruggles comedy, struts along with great pace, and has a great cast with Lana Turner, Robert Young, Dame May Witty, and Walter Brennan. The acting is excellent, the antics unusual,and the comedy delightful. But the thing that is way beyond compare in this picture is the bubbling beauty of Lana Turner at her absolute peak. She carries the day with a sublime sort of sparkling charm as she changes personalities several times just to break her tedium with life. No, she never HAD amnesia, and no, she never wanted to commit suicide! But people will talk. Her beautiful sparkle and comedic charm actually made me weak in the knees. Robert Young does a decent job chasing her down the entire film, but it is Turner's film all the way.
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7/10
more than slightly delightful
blanche-229 July 2005
Lana Turner is young and gorgeous in this light comedy about a waitress with a lucky penny and the dream of getting out of her humdrum life. The penny works wonders. After escaping her small town, a ladder falls on her in New York City - when she comes to, it's assumed she has amnesia (she was deciding on her new name when the ladder came crashing down). After a trip to the library, she decides to become a long-lost heiress who disappeared as a child in 1925.

Robert Young plays her ex-boss who looks to expose her lie; Walter Brennan is her welcoming, wealthy father; Ward Bond is his security guy; Dame May Witty the heiress' former nanny. Ray Collins of "Perry Mason" fame also makes an appearance, as does Eugene Palette as the newspaper editor who prints the amnesiac's story. It's a terrific cast, with Young's role being a departure for him. He does it well. Lana is simply adorable.

The movie leaves an open question, which is kind of fun, too. All in all, very enjoyable.
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Fave Rave!
40'sSal11 February 2000
I've seen this a hundred times, at least. Lana is at her best..absolutely adorable-before the hard edge sets in. Robert Young is good, as always, and you can't beat the old-time character actors for rounding out a good cast. Pure escapist entertainment...no filthy language or situations. I wish it were available on video- it's a ke
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8/10
Makeover for Peggy
jotix10011 October 2005
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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9/10
This one just grows on you. It tickles. Everyone wins.
wjksmr4 June 2006
This movie has certainly "grown" on me. There are very few weak parts in it. Even the extras are outstanding. There is both social and moral content. Lana Turner's character grows up and my, what a thinker she is. And so is the persistent Robert Young. Everyone wins. This is what I consider a feel good movie. I also loved both the band music and the opera scene music. If you like Walter Brennan and Dame Mae Witty, you'll have to love them in this movie. Alan Mowbray has a good bit part. I love seeing Eugene Palette manage something without goofing it up. Even he sparkles. And I've become a fan of Jimmy Conlin who plays the role of the bartender.
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10/10
Lana perfect in top-flight dramatic comedy
JohnHowardReid30 March 2007
The scene in which our heroine is forced to choose the most beloved toy in a room absolutely crammed with goodies, surely rates as one of the greatest moments in the cinema. As you know, I'm not a keen fan of Lana Turner, but here is a vehicle in which the blonde siren excels. Not only does she enjoy a highly sympathetic character to work on the audience with, but in Wesley Ruggles she has obviously found a sensitive director with the ability to help her exploit every dramatic and comedic opportunity the clever screenplay provides. True, poor old Robert Young does get jostled out of the picture for a while, but he does return with a couple of hilarious solo routines, including his famous toppling-over-the-balcony bit at the opera.

"Slightly Dangerous" not only revels in first-rate entertainment, but it's produced with Leo's customary flair and impeccable polish—including a wonderful roster of Hollywood bit players and cameo artists. Just look at that cast! In fact Wesley Ruggles was a director who paid particular attention to the minor character players and was always concerned that a scene be milked for its maximum effect. He'd quickly replace an actor who could not give him precisely the impact he wanted. For instance, Mickey Rooney's dad, Joe Yule, was originally cast as the painter, but the director thought he was too old and lacked the flair that this little bit needed. Yule was replaced by Joe Devlin.
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8/10
Lana Turner is dangerously beautiful
kidboots30 September 2007
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I liked this movie so much.

Lana Turner was gorgeously cute and it was a very charming comedy in my opinion.

Lana played Peggy Evans a store soda jerk in a New York department store. At the beginning of the movie she is given a merit certificate for being on time for a 1000 days straight. She feels that there is something more for her out in the world. So with a new look and a new name she is walking to the New York Star when disaster strikes - she is hit in the head with a bucket of paint. When she awakes people think she has amnesia and even though she hasn't - she goes along with it.

Lana Turner was a much better actress than she was given credit for and really excelled in these frothy comedies.

A very funny sequence at the start of the movie has Lana say "I can do this job blindfolded" and proceeds to make a banana split that way. This is what causes all the trouble in the first place.

Robert Young is also in it as Bob Stuart, her boss at the department store and the only one who knows her secret. I movie I would recommend.
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5/10
Anastasia Turner
bkoganbing25 July 2008
Slightly Dangerous finds Lana Turner bored with life in small town Hotchkiss Falls and bored with her job as a soda jerk in a department store. She even does her job making a banana split blindfolded to the amusement of the customer, but new general manager Robert Young finds he's not amused. She's fired, but then so is he after she leaves a fake suicide note saying she's throwing herself in the river.

Instead she goes to New York and when she's hit by a falling ladder after she's heard talking to herself when she comes to, everyone thinks she's got amnesia. Instead using that she decides to become the long lost daughter of millionaire Walter Brennan who was lost at the age of 2 by nanny Dame May Witty while going to the circus.

It's interesting that none of the previous reviewers noted that this a reworking of the Anastasia legend. But that's a serious story involving a plot to deliberately defraud the exiled Romanovs.

Maybe I'm missing something here, but I find a comedy based on a premise of fraud and extortion not all that funny. Yet even with a lousy starting point, Slightly Dangerous does holdup somewhat because of the incredible cast of name performers in this film like Ray Collins, Ward Bond, Eugene Palette, and Alan Mowbray besides those already mentioned.

And there's Lana Turner who just has to be Lana Turner to get me viewing a film. She's got that winsome quality throughout her films in the Forties that men and women found so appealing.

Anyway with a cast like this, chances are you'll find something enjoyable about Slightly Dangerous.
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7/10
Lana Turner and Supporting Cast Shine
mysterv27 September 2010
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I have been watching a lot of 30s and 40s movies over the past several months and this has been one of the more entertaining ones. As other reviewers have stated, Lana Turner handles comedy very well, the supporting cast is excellent and the storyline has some "weight" to it. I like Robert Young but did have to suspend belief to buy into Lana Turner being attracted to him. He handled the comedy well but was a little lacking in the romantic storyline... Otherwise the casting was well done. One reviewer also made reference to Marilyn Monroe - I know I did a double take a few times noticing the resemblance between Lana Turner and Marilyn. And Lana Turner definitely could act. Bottom line - this movie is worth the time investment to watch.
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9/10
Robert young my discovery
rickdumesnil-5520324 July 2016
i just adored this film. Lana turner i was never a fan of but she does so great in this movie. she really has a flair for comedy. the cast is absolutely unbelievable...Brennan mowbray...bates....may witty...faylen...and many others. the story line is not complicated and flows like milk and honey. a bored soda jerk making her way to high society but with lots of twists. but for me the star of the movie is Mr. Robert young. that guy is an ace in comedy and he could act in any roles and make them believable. no wonder he made the transition from films to television with such easiness. yes this is a very fun film and i recommend it to movie buffs. that it is rated a 6 here is making me mad but i guess some people don't like a good clean comedy...so they better go watch the kardashians.
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7/10
Definitely not a female impersonator
Alex da Silva8 May 2016
Soda-jerk Lana Turner (Peggy) wins $2.50 for punctual attendance over 1,000 consecutive days and she has the privilege of spending this gift within the store that she works for. What a lucky break! She is horrified at this pointless achievement and so quits for better things. Quote right, Lana. What she does next is pretty dodgy, though. Watch and find out in this romantic comedy which also stars Robert Young (Bob) as the man pursuing her in more ways than one.

This film has a good cast with Turner very good in the lead role. I wasn't too keen on Young, he's a bit drippy in this but he does get some amusing dialogue. Turner gets some clever scenes, eg, serving customers whilst blindfolded and when she is given a test to identify a treasured toy in a roomful of options. Her logic can't be faulted. She is both strong, calculatingly clever and funny in this film and she looks just like Marilyn Monroe. I wonder if Monroe copied her look? There is a convincing supporting cast although the story is based on a pretty dodgy idea! Doesn't matter, it's all fantasy. And it leaves the viewer feeling happy.
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Lana Turner's best venue ?
misctidsandbits23 September 2011
This is my opinion of Lana Turner's very best role. I agree that she showed great at comedy, certainly in this. Her most authentic work ...

However, she was box office almost immediately, and since the big budget pictures are more often dramas, that's where she went. She remained box office, but to me, was a gag in most of her dramatic roles. She seemed like a tough, enduring type of person, who worked hard at it. She needed to, since in-depth portrayals did not seem to come natural to her. She certainly never seemed very natural in them. Since the public was fascinated with her regardless, she kept showing up.

This movie reminded me of a very early Barbara Stanwyck in "The Mad Miss Manton." However, Stanwyck was a gifted actress who shone in dramatic roles.

Turner was just a movie star. It really seems, though, that she could have been a gifted comedic actress if they would have let her ... Maybe she was just too good looking.
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6/10
Modest Romantic Comedy.
Robert J. Maxwell26 May 2016
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Lana Turner, young and nubile, is a soda jerk who is fed up with her job. When she whimsically demonstrates how undemanding her work is, she prepared banana splits and chocolate sodas wearing a blindfold. Everyone in the store applauds, except her boss, manager Robert Young, who fires her.

Turner decides to leave the hick town in the Hudson Valley, move to New York City, and begin a new life as -- well, as somebody else. She spends all her money constructing her new identity. She sheds her name, her cheerless garments, and her brunette hair, which was actually rather attractive. That is, when she spun around and her comely do flared I could feel my toes tingle slightly.

Alas, she leaves Bunkum Falls without telling anyone, and the note of departure she sends to her friend behind the counter is misinterpreted as a suicide note. Young, learning of this, believes he was responsible for her death and is filled with remorse,.

Meanwhile, down in New York, now virtually broke and without any ID, Turner is hit on the head and knocked out by a falling paint can while passing a boutique. That's right. A falling paint can. The proprietor, Eugene Palette, is terrified that this well-dressed and expensively groomed woman, obviously some kind of socialite, will sue the pants off his company.

When Turner comes too, stretched out on a lounge in Palette's office, she quickly sizes up the situation and pretends to be amnesic. Somehow, Palette and his worried staff, conclude that she's the long lost daughter of the curmudgeon of a tycoon played by Walter Brennan. He's suspicious. Too many young girls have tried to claim the title of princess before, but by using her wits in an interior monologue, she manages to catch the brass ring.

Then she accidentally bumps into Robert Young, who gawks at her new, glossier presence, and can't decide whether she's really pitiful little Peggy Evans or the glossy patrician he's now stalking. Confusion ensues, followed by happiness.

It's hard to tell how original the story is. There were at the time rumors that Anastasia, the daughter of the murdered Czar of All the Russias, had somehow managed to escape the slaughter and was now traveling incognito. That may have been one inspiration. Another might have been the success of Preston Sturges' "The Lady Eve," a few years earlier, which used some of the same players.

It's amusing without being exceptional, and Lana Turner is very attractive indeed, her little-girl voice notwithstanding. You probably won't regret watching it.
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6/10
A delightful surprise for a little comedy gem.
mark.waltz24 February 2013
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Someone at MGM must have been working overtime to come up with a wild and wacky screwball comedy which is a breath of fresh air when compared to the many mediocre misfires they made. Other than a few Myrna Loy & William Powell/Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy pairings, MGM's strongest suit was not in comedy, but a few, this included, managed to break that streak.

Lana Turner, desperate to get out of her small Hudson River Valley town (which seems to be as crowded as Manhattan) fakes a suicide note and ends up faking amnesia due to a hysterical circumstance beyond her control when she tries to place an advertisement in a New York City newspaper. This leads her to getting involved in an old kidnapping case where she convinces brittle Walter Brennan and his long-time nurse Dame May Witty that she is the long lost daughter that was kidnapped as a child. However, her former boss, Robert Young, recognizes her picture in the newspaper, and having been accused of causing her to apparently commit suicide, follows her to the Big Apple, threatening to reveal all and have her jailed on charges of fraud. This creates more confusion and some wacky situations, resulting in of course, that tried and true MGM plot twist: romance.

Turner takes on the type of role that Deanna Durbin was doing over at Universal, playing basically a trouble-maker whose schemes somehow seem to work in her favor and fix everybody's problems. Not known for comedy, Turner proves herself to be quite adept, and it is a shame that for the majority of her next decade at MGM, she was cast mainly in glamorous dramas, obviously considered too much of a lady to slip on banana peels or commit other various pratfalls. Young, adept in both comedy and drama, is also very funny, with portly Eugene Palette in fine support as the newspaper magnate who is determined to find out Turner's identity at any cost. Florence Bates and Almira Sessions have nice bits as well.

This is memorable for a sequence where Turner makes a banana split blindfolded, and later when Young goes into a Harold Lloyd bit, almost falling off of a balcony at Symphony Hall. I attribute to the comedy here working because of the presence of a rather forgotten master of the genre, Wesley Ruggles, who sets up the zany plot line, builds up the romance, and ends with a bit of drama that is never cloying.
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8/10
Careless Cinderella
Noirdame7918 August 2017
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This romantic comedy was the first time Lana Turner received top billing, and she does a wonderful job here, showing what the cinema missed in terms of her comedic timing, which was rarely put to use (a few of her films in the 1960s did pick up where this one left off). She plays a working girl Peggy Evans, who is bored with her hum-drum life and her job at a soda fountain. She clashes with her new boss, Bob Stuart (Robert Young), and this results in her disappearing from her old life and starting a new one, complete with a makeover. In doing so, it is believed that she committed suicide; Bob is blamed and loses his job. When she is accidentally knocked unconscious, it is assumed she has amnesia. Desperate to not return to her previous mundane existence, she poses as a long-lost heiress who disappeared as a child, and she is welcomed by the girl's wealthy father, Cornelius Burden (Walter Brennan) and the child's nurse, played by Dame Mae Witty. Bob comes across a photo of the recently returned Carol Burden and recognizes her, and sets out to prove that she is, in fact, Peggy Evans. From there, the comedic and romantic complications ensue.

Also in the cast are Ward Bond as the Burden family bodyguard, Eugene Palette as the newspaper owner who takes Peggy in until her "father" comes for her; Alan Mowbray as a stranger whom Bob confides after tracking Peggy down at a concert; Pamela Blake as Peggy's co-worker at the soda fountain, and young Robert Blake has a small role as well. Turner and Young have an appealing chemistry and while they had previously worked together in "Rich Man, Poor Girl" (1938), this second film marked the first and last time they were paired on- screen. It's a shame because they could have been a wonderful movie team (pay close attention to their final kiss - quite steamy for 1943). Young, before he branched out into television, didn't always get the roles that he should have, which is unfortunate. He also had great comedic timing and was handsome and likable; Turner here is still very fresh and innocent, before her deadly femme fatale/blonde bombshell phase. If you love classic romantic comedies or if you are fan of the actors, you will most certainly enjoy this one.

(The title of my review was in fact one of the considered titles for the film; others included "Nothing Ventured" and "Lawless" before "Slightly Dangerous" was ultimately chosen).
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Turner Shines, Young Doesn't, in Mild Comedy
dougdoepke14 July 2017
Okay time passer, distinguished by surprising comedic turn by vamp supreme, Lana Turner, not yet the heartless spider woman of The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). Seems Peggy (Turner) is bored with small town soda fountain work so she secretly moves to NYC. Being a clever opportunist, she schemes her way into impersonating daughter Carol of wealthy father (Brennan) and into a plush life style that she could only dream about. Meanwhile her soda fountain boss Bob (Young) is blamed for her sudden disappearance, loses his job, and wants to track her down to salvage his reputation. The remainder amounts to hijinks surrounding Peggy-Carol's real identity and where she'll end up.

There're a number of scattered chuckles, especially in the first part. Turner carries her lightly comedic part in well shaded fashion, without exaggeration. But once the focus shifts to Bob & Peggy-Carol, the humor subsides, mainly because of Young's eye-rolling over-acting that distracts from the various situations. This is doubly odd since actor Young made a notable career of dignified restraint. Then too, the last part stretches out as though to give Young's character more screen time. Nonetheless, the 90-minutes is well-mounted by plush MGM— the ballroom dance, the symphonic hall— along with a cast packed with ace supporting players, such as an unsmiling Brennan, an avuncular Witty, a hard-charging Collins, et al.

The premise remains an interesting one. With a tighter last third and a more restrained Young, results would have been more memorable. After all, the moral is a strong one—namely, that family is as much a matter of affection as it is of blood. Anyway, kudos to a skillful Turner, clearly on her way up the MGM ladder.
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6/10
Spoted A Goof.
Sooz (Dazzee)11 October 2005
Now I know production wasn't what it is today but...Towards the end of this film Robert Young's character facing Lana Turner's character are wiping (supposed) grease from each others faces. When you watch them wiping you will notice NO grease on the handkerchiefs.This is rather amusing because there seems to be quite a smudge on both.

The movie was intriguing throughout and I would watch this film again. I would watch this film again and again just for the goofs. Lana Turner, to me was a whining bit of a minx in her dramatic performances. Comedy should have been her forte'. At least she wouldn't be so melodramatic in her roles. Someone out there in "Movie Land" thought to just look at her would be enough and camouflage the rest with sappy dialog.
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6/10
Lana Turner Stands Out
wes-connors9 April 2010
Shapely small town "soda jerk" Lana Turner (as Peggy Evans) can serve jumbo banana splits blindfolded, but gets in trouble for doing it with general manager Robert Young (as Robert "Bob" Stuart). When he sees Ms. Turner without the blindfold, Mr. Young falls in love. And, she is a very beautiful young woman. Still hurting from the reprimand, Turner considers her boring life, and decides to give herself a complete makeover. When her farewell is mistaken for a suicide note, Young is blamed for Turner's disappearance.

Turner takes off for New York City, where she dyes her dark hair platinum blonde. There, a mishap lands her in the care of Eugene Palette (as Durstin), who suggests she may be a missing heiress. Turner decides to adopt one's identity ("Carol Burden"), then moves in on wealthy Walter Brennan (as Cornelius) and grandmotherly May Witty (as Baba). Although initially suspicious, Mr. Brennan accepts Turner as his daughter, after she identifies a childhood toy. But, Young needs to find Turner in order to clear his name, and make it a happily ever after ending for everyone.

Veteran Wesley Ruggles contributes some fine comic direction, especially for Young. According to "Turner Classic Movies" (TCM) host Robert Osborne, Mr. Ruggles' old friend Buster Keaton directed Lana's nicely played "blindfold" sequence, early in the running time. It also looks, to this viewer, like the "concert balcony" and "coming out party" could be Ruggles / Keaton collaborations. Despite their efforts, the movie seems too long, and doesn't make too much story sense.

Several actresses have tried, but it looks like Lana was one of the few who could have played the lead in a biography of Marilyn Monroe, who probably saw the 1940s Turner in the flickering darkness. MGM made "Slightly Dangerous" a well-produced "Cinderella" story for their new starlet; probably, they expected more mileage out of the picture, but Turner would prove a big pay off in due time. The "lingerie scene" shows off an obvious pair of assets. You also get to see rascally Robert Blake (as Sonny) hit Young on the foot with a hammer, and Florence Bates is always fun at the party.

****** Slightly Dangerous (4/1/43) Wesley Ruggles ~ Lana Turner, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, May Witty
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8/10
Lana Finds Her Life.....
JLRMovieReviews13 October 2009
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Lana knows her soda jerk job blindfolded and gets a bonus for never being late for work EVER! Big Deal! She's sick and tired of this joint and this crummy small town. She wants to get out and live a little. So, she leaves her job and goes off to New York, giving herself a makeover. But, not before, she got into a big huff with Robert Young, her boss and there's a matter of a "slight" misunderstanding. So, Bob goes off looking for her. But she is minding her business in New York, when trouble of another kind falls in her lap. It's more than you bargained for in this fun, non-stop quirky little film, costarring EugenePallette, Walter Brennan, and Dame May Witty. It's the kind of film you just don't want to end. So, forget everything and discover that life can be "slightly dangerous," when you go looking for it.
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2/10
Slightly stupid....
MartinHafer19 May 2016
This very, very insignificant and rather poorly written film apparently helped to launch Lana Turner to stardom. And, as I read through the reviews, I notice that they are all either mediocre or very positive. Well, despite popular opinion, I can't understand any of this as I thought the film was rather stupid and very poorly written. Turner and her co-stars are fine...but the writing was just terrible.

When the film begins, a manager in a department store (Robert Young) gets into an argument with an employee (Turner). Soon, when the woman decides inexplicably to disappear and re-invent herself, folks automatically assume she killed herself and HE was responsible. This didn't make sense...and he was soon fired from his job. And, he was determined to track her down and prove to everyone she's alive.

In the meantime, through some ridiculous circumstances, she gets into an accident involving paint and she comes up with the idea of pretending she has amnesia. Why? I have no idea whatsoever... Soon, she decides to pretend that she is some long-lost heiress...again, I have no idea why. When her supposed father, the rich guy (Walter Brennan) arrives, she is able to fake her way into getting him to believe she is his long-lost daughter. None of this makes any sense and it also shows Turner's character to be a horrible person...just awful, cruel and conniving.

So how is any of this funny or believable?! Well, none of it is and the overall film comes off as very forced and unfunny. And, to make it worse, the ending is god-awful! I have no idea why folks like it...I simply hated it and felt that the average Poverty Row studio made better films than this crappy movie.
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7/10
Average film, more clever than many
vincentlynch-moonoi11 February 2012
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Make no mistake, this is not a "great" movie, but it's pretty decent escapist fare worth watching at least once. Actually, the plot is pretty decent, but over time there are spots that just aren't very logical, so the picture suffers from that viewpoint. Get beyond that, and you have a comedy that had greater potential.

Lana Turner is a bored 21 year old in a dull job in a small town. She leaves an ambiguous note, making people think she has committed suicide, and heads for NYC. In a quirk accident she is injured and is thought to be an amnesia victim...which she then decides to play along with, and a newspaper runs a feature trying to identify her. Is she a rich heiress? She pretends to be so...the daughter of a rather refined Walter Brennan! Meanwhile, Robert Young is trying to desperately find her...and falls in love with her unexpectedly.

Turner is good here, and so is Robert Young. In fact, this is one of his better movie roles. It's a very different role than we usually see Walter Brennan in...and it's rather nice to see him shaved. The rest of the cast is pleasant enough.

You won't order this for your DVD shelf, but it's pleasant enough for one viewing.
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