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Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Ellen Grant
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Dick Richmond
Janis Carter ...
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Mr. Kilcoyne
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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 Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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

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20 September 1949 (USA)  »

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El empleo de la Srta. Grant  »

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Rita Hayworth was going to star in this movie, but Hayworth requested script revisions, and went on suspension to avoid making it. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Grant: I didn't think they'd pour the cement so fast.
Construction Foreman Roberts: Fast and hard, Miss Grant.
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Lucy and Bill
13 April 2006 | by (Stony Brook, NY) – See all my reviews

I've always thought William Holden was an underrated comic actor and at his most charming in some of his comedies (Sabrina, Born Yesterday, Moon is Blue). Since he didn't make a lot of comedies, I was looking forward to this one with Lucille Ball. But it's not Holden's film. It's Lucy's film, with Holden playing the straight man. I'm not a big Lucy fan, but she's quite funny in this. Holden, on the other hand, seems a little stiff or disinterested. To be honest, there's not much to work with. Lucy probably succeeds because she's very good at physical comedy and can make us laugh without saying anything, which helps when the script is so weak. Holden's humor tends to come from his intelligence and his timing, which is harder to make work when the screenplay is mediocre or you don't want to be in the film to begin with. Miss Grant Takes Richmond came out the year before Sunset Blvd., so I imagine that Holden's frustration with his roles during much of the 1940s was reaching its peak around this time. But James Gleason and Frank McHugh, two wonderful actors, also seem to struggle a bit in this film, so I pin much of the blame on the writing. There are some funny bits here and there, but it's all a little sugary for me. Lucy fans will probably enjoy it, though - she does the best.


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