Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 491 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 2 critic

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 ... See full summary »



(screenplay), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Scatterbrained Sally Elliott gets a job as a Fuller brush girl and, as expected, her attempts at selling cosmetics door-to-door are disastrous. Things get worse when one of her customers is... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Lucille Ball, Eddie Albert, Carl Benton Reid
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A Navy sailor tries to rekindle a romance with the woman he loves while on liberty in San Francisco.

Director: Mark Sandrich
Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Secretary tries to help her boss, who is framed for a murder.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Abdullah (John Agar)has reached manhood as the son of a physician without knowing he is the true Caliph of Islam. Stirred by the conditions in his country, he infiltrates the palace and ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Lucille Ball, John Agar, Patricia Medina
Lured (1947)
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A serial killer in London is murdering young women whom he meets through the personal columns of newspapers; he announces each of his murders to the police by sending them a cryptic poem. ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: George Sanders, Lucille Ball, Charles Coburn
Without Love (1945)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In World War II Washington DC, Jamie Rowan, enters a loveless marriage with scientist Pat Jamieson and becomes his assistant. Struggles bring them closer together.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball
Fantasy | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Susan and Lorenzo have been married for over five years and they are starting to drift apart. So into her life comes an angel, which only Susan can see, to tell her that there will be ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, James Mason
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Professor Henry Barnes decides he's lived long enough and contemplates suicide. His attitude is changed by Peggy Taylor, a chipper young mother-to-be who charms him into renting out his ... See full summary »

Director: George Seaton
Stars: Jeanne Crain, William Holden, Edmund Gwenn
The Dark Past (1948)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An escaped psychopathic killer who takes the family and neighbors of police psychologist hostage reveals a recurring nightmare to the doctor.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: William Holden, Nina Foch, Lee J. Cobb
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A scientist invents a formula that removes old, thinning hair and replaces it with thick, new hair. Complications ensue.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Lucille Ball, Franchot Tone, Edward Everett Horton
Dear Ruth (1947)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Ruth Wilkins discovers that her teenaged sister used her name in a torrid correspondence with soldier Bill Seacroft.

Director: William D. Russell
Stars: Joan Caulfield, William Holden, Mona Freeman


Cast overview:
Ellen Grant
Dick Richmond
Janis Carter ...
Peggy Donato
Timothy P. Gleason
Helen White
Mr. Kilcoyne
George Cleveland ...
Judge Ben Grant
Stephen Dunne ...
Ralph Winton


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 Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


She was never so insulted in all her life...and it was wonderful! See more »




See all certifications »




Release Date:

20 September 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El empleo de la Srta. Grant  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


"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]
Ellen Grant: [to her "boys"] Gimp! Louie! Fingers!
[to Peggy]
Ellen Grant: Musclin' in on my organization, huh? Hijackin' my key man. You're in a jam, sister!
Dick Richmond: Listen, Ellen, I made a deal.
Ellen Grant: [slaps him twice, knocking him over] Shut up, ya rat! So ya tried ...
See more »


Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

No Wonder We Loved Lucy in this Preview of What Was to Come **1/2
30 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lots of sexual innuendos in this one.... ksf-2
DVD Blondfashionisto
Fliming location? peter-alissa
Discuss Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: