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A bookie uses a phony real estate business as a front for his betting parlor. To further keep up the sham, he hires dim-witted Ellen Grant as his secretary figuring she won't suspect any criminal goings-on. When Ellen learns of some friends who are about to lose their homes, she unwittingly drafts her boss into developing a new low-cost housing development. Written by
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 22, 1951 with William Holden reprising his film role. See more »
[Dick and Peggy are about to have a drink. Ellen enters, dressed in a trenchcoat and fedora, with an unlit cigarette dangling from her lip, acting the part of the tough moll. She is followed by her "gang," similarly garbed, consisting of her father, Ralph, and another man]
[to her "boys"]
Gimp! Louie! Fingers!
Musclin' in on my organization, huh? Hijackin' my key man. You're in a jam, sister!
Listen, Ellen, I made a deal.
[slaps him twice, knocking him over]
Shut up, ya rat! So ya tried ...
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No Wonder We Loved Lucy in this Preview of What Was to Come **1/2
Some funny antics are shown in this 1949 comedy with Lucille Ball and William Holden.
Ball immediately showed her comedic gifts as a dimwitted secretary hired by a bookie (Holden) to watch over the office.
Trouble is that she is the niece of a judge. Thinking that Holden is in real estate, she begins to bring prospective customers and builders to him. Frank McHugh and James Gleason co-star and do well as comic foils.
Some of the scenes are hilarious where Ball shows her "stupidity" and other happenings. Holden is young, adept at comedy but was chain smoking throughout the film.
This movie was a definite pre-test for Lucy Ricardo. Too bad Vivian Vance and Bill Frawley weren't in it as well.
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