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Director:
Writers:
Devery Freeman (written by) and
Stephen Longstreet (written by)
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Release Date:
August 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She knows the ROPES and all the JOKES!
Plot:
At the turn of the century Rose and ex-showbiz friend Molly get involved in selling steel. When they... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(4 articles)
User Reviews:
A Corset Can Do a Lot for a Lady See more (15 total) »

Cast

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Ginger Rogers ... Miss Rose Gillray

Barry Nelson ... Charles Masters

Carol Channing ... Molly Wade
David Brian ... James Carter

James Arness ... Joel Kingdom

Clint Eastwood ... Lt. Jack Rice
Robert F. Simon ... Cal - Texas Rancher

Frank Wilcox ... U.S. Marshal Duncan

Dan White ... Sheriff (as Daniel M. White)
Harry Cheshire ... Judge Benson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdullah Abbas ... Passerby on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Cattleman (uncredited)
George Baxter ... George the Headwaiter (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Lovyss Bradley ... Mrs. Bronson (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Cattleman at Desk (uncredited)
George Brand ... Telegraph Operator (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Gilmore Bush ... First Salesman (uncredited)
Nora Bush ... Mrs. Cobb (uncredited)
Fred Carson ... Passerby on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Ed Cassidy ... Theodore Roosevelt (uncredited)
Albert Cavens ... Cattleman at Desk (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Rancher (uncredited)
Gertrude Chorre ... Indian (uncredited)
Tristram Coffin ... Day Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Cecil Combs ... Townsman (uncredited)
John V. Connors ... Second Salesman (uncredited)
Peter Croyden ... Bit Man (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ... Bit Man (uncredited)
Herbert Deans ... Secretary (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Salesman (uncredited)
John Eldredge ... Greavy - Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
Fred Essler ... Martin Schlessinger (uncredited)
Julius Evans ... Buyer (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Townsman (uncredited)
Stanley Farrar ... Buyer (uncredited)
William Fawcett ... Old-Timer Townsman (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Cattleman (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Diner at Muehlebach Hotel (uncredited)
John George ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Charles Hagen ... Cattleman at Desk (uncredited)
Bill Hale ... Sheriff's Deputy (uncredited)
Silver Harr ... Townsman (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ... Sam - Livery Stableman (uncredited)
Hans Herbert ... Night Clerk (uncredited)
Robert Hinkle ... Pete (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Veterinarian (uncredited)
Tex Holden ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Diner at Muehlebach Hotel (uncredited)
Theron Jackson ... Bellhop (uncredited)

Allen Jaffe ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Paul Keast ... Salesman (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Passerby on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Mrs. Pruett (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Juiror (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Kate Drain Lawson ... Annie Peachpit (uncredited)
Johnny Lee ... Amos (uncredited)
Pierce Lyden ... Outlaw (uncredited)
Casey MacGregor ... Old-Timer (uncredited)
Cactus Mack ... Rancher (uncredited)
Kathy Marlowe ... Model (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Townsman (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Cattleman (uncredited)
Charles McQuarrie ... Cattleman (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
Janette Miller ... Model (uncredited)
Belle Mitchell ... Emily (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Cigar Salesman (uncredited)
Deacon Moor ... Rancher (uncredited)
Ian Murray ... Prince of Wales (uncredited)
Tim Nelson ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Lynn Noe ... Model (uncredited)
Paul Palmer ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Hank Patterson ... First Cowhand in Courtroom (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Tony Roux ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Salesman (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Cattleman (uncredited)
Clint Sharp ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
James Stone ... Rancher (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Gambling Croupier (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Buyer (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Onlooker at Accident (uncredited)
Joan Tyler ... Model (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Joe Smith (uncredited)
Hank Wise ... Townsman (uncredited)
Britt Wood ... Second Cowhand in Courtroom (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Lubin 
 
Writing credits
Devery Freeman (written by) and
Stephen Longstreet (written by)

Produced by
Arthur Lubin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Irving Gertz 
 
Cinematography by
William E. Snyder (director of photography) (as William Snyder)
 
Film Editing by
Otto Ludwig 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson 
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Frank Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Edward Donahue .... production supervisor (as Edward Donahoe)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Maybery .... assistant director (as Richard Mayberry)
 
Sound Department
Stanford Houghton .... sound (as S.G. Haughton)
Terry Kellum .... sound
Bert Schoenfeld .... sound effects editor
 
Music Department
Irving Gertz .... conductor
 
Other crew
Dorothy Davenport .... dialogue supervisor (as Dorothy Reid)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
92 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
First on screen credit for Clint Eastwood.See more »
Quotes:
Molly Wade:What's your name?
Lt. Jack Rice, Roughrider:Jack Rice.
Molly Wade:You're handsome. And brave too I'll bet. You like girls?
Lt. Jack Rice, Roughrider:Yes, ma'am.
Molly Wade:Well, I'm a girl.
Lt. Jack Rice, Roughrider:[Grinning] You sure are.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Clint Eastwood: Director (1982) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Corset Can Do a Lot for a LadySee more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Corset Can Do a Lot for a Lady, 27 November 2005
Author: drednm from United States

Mild comedy starring Ginger Rogers as a corset shop owner who goes broke and becomes a traveling saleslady in 1897 Texas. But because she owes money she ends up selling barbed wire. Very strange premise but a decent cast and a few good lines here and there save this one.

Rogers' modeling assistant is none other than Carol Channing, in Hollywood after her smash success on Broadway in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. And she's not bad at all. Channing does a quickie song called A Corset Can Do a Lot for a Lady and she's hilarious, altering between her trademark Channing voice and some basso sounds that sound like Bea Arthur. Too bad the direction--as usual--cuts away from her to show the man behind the desk. Musicals always did this--cut away from the performer to show the audience.

James Arness is the rancher. Barry Nelson is the car owner. David Brian is the steel man. Clint Eastwood is the cavalry man. Robert F. Simon is a henchman.

What helps sink this is the overall cheap look and bad color. Rogers would star in 2 more films and then appear only sporadically. Channing would not appear in a film for another decade but would win an Oscar nomination for it--Thoroughly Modern Millie. And this is NOT Channing's film debut as is often stated. She had appeared in Paid in Full in 1950. But this was Eastwood's first screen kiss---with Carol Channing!

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