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The Affairs of Annabel (1938)

Approved | | Comedy | 9 September 1938 (USA)
Wonder Pictures' seedy publicity man Lanny Morgan has put the studio's biggest star, Annabel Allison, in one crazy stunt after another. His latest scheme has Annabel pretending to be a maid... See full summary »

Directors:

Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff), Lew Landers (uncredited)

Writers:

Bert Granet (screen play), Paul Yawitz (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Oakie ... Lanny Morgan
Lucille Ball ... Annabel Allison
Ruth Donnelly ... Josephine (Jo)
Bradley Page ... Howard Webb
Fritz Feld ... Vladimir
Thurston Hall ... Major
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Fletcher
Granville Bates ... Mr. Fletcher
James Burke ... Muldoon
Lee Van Atta Lee Van Atta ... Robert Fletcher
Anthony Warde ... Bailey
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Martin
Leona Roberts ... Mrs. Hurley
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Storyline

Wonder Pictures' seedy publicity man Lanny Morgan has put the studio's biggest star, Annabel Allison, in one crazy stunt after another. His latest scheme has Annabel pretending to be a maid in order to research her next screen role. Her disastrous attempts at cooking and cleaning, and her involvement with two fugitives hiding out at her employers' house provide her with more material than she really wanted. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Menial Star See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The car that picks up Annabel from prison is a very rare 1938 Cadillac Series 95 model 9053 7-passenger limousine. Only 95 were built and features a V-16 engine. In excellent condition at auction this car could fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2017. See more »

Quotes

Annabel Allison: Is this uncanny?
Scarlet, the Maid: No ma'am, I'm Scarlet.
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Followed by Annabel Takes a Tour (1938) See more »

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Enjoyable even if it's occasionally a bit dopey
13 June 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Annabel Allison (Lucille Ball) is a movie star but her life is made a lot more difficult by her dopey studio publicity man, Lanny Morgan (Jack Oakie). Lanny always seems to have some sort of stunt and they often seem to backfire. At the beginning of the film, he gets her to go to prison for just a few days as a publicity stunt...and then she can't get out and is stuck there for a month. Later, as another stunt, he gets her a job as a maid...and America's #1 and 2 most wanted criminals take everyone in the house hostage! Will Annabel's troubles ever end?

Lucille Ball was very good in this film--and it's one of her better parts from the era. As far as Jack Oakie goes, sometimes his character was just a bit too much--too much of a jerk and he occasionally mugged a bit too much. Still, despite this, it's a fun little comedy...enjoyable and a bit silly.


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