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Annabel Takes a Tour (1938)

Approved | | Comedy | 11 November 1938 (USA)
Movie star Annabel Allison has further comic adventures with her wacky publicity agent.

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Lew Landers

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Bert Granet (screen play), Olive Cooper (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Oakie ... Lanny Morgan
Lucille Ball ... Annabel Allison
Ruth Donnelly ... Josephine (Jo)
Bradley Page ... Howard Webb, Chief of Wonder Pictures
Ralph Forbes ... Viscount Ronald River-Clyde
Frances Mercer ... Natalie Preston
Donald MacBride ... Thompson, RR Conductor
Alice White ... Marcella, Hotel Manicurist
Chester Clute ... Pitcarin, Rodney-Marlborough Hotel Manager
Jean Rouverol ... Laura Hampton
Clare Verdera Clare Verdera ... Viscountess River-Clyde
Edward Gargan ... Longshoreman at dance
Pepito Pérez Pepito Pérez ... Poochy the Accordion Player (as Pepito)
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Annabel Allison, star of Wonder Pictures, is irked at her poor publicity, especially when a rival gets engaged to a Marquis; so she makes studio head Webb re-hire disgraced publicity agent Morgan for her personal appearance tour. The trip proceeds with a flurry of Morgan's crazy, slapstick publicity stunts. Then Annabel has her chance to "bag" a real Viscount. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1938 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Josephine: Annabel's fallen in love!
Howard Webb: She can't do that. It's not in her contract.
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Movie star demands publicity, agent organizes road trip
23 April 2018 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Temperamental movie star Annabel Allison demands publicity--any publicity. Despite the mess that her old press agent Lanny Morgan recently got her into, she insists that the studio hire him back on: At least he got her picture in the papers.

Jack Oakie is boisterous agent Lanny Morgan, and he is indeed available for more work with Annabel. Lucille Ball, wacky and imperious, is Annabel. Their cross-country publicity tour doesn't make much sense but it sure is noisy. Along the way, Lucy decides she would like to have a romance with a viscount because a rival movie star is romancing a nobleman. She meets Ralph Forbes, who meets her requirements but seems rather baffled. Oakie attempts to drum up some photo opportunities with mixed results. The love-hate relationship between Lucy and Oakie seems to be the main story line but unfortunately it just doesn't really go anywhere.

Studio secretary Ruth Donnelly accompanies Lucy on the train trip and is solid as always. Donald MacBride has a couple of funny bits as a train conductor who hates the movies.

Overall it's pleasant enough but there sure isn't much to it....And an abrupt ending sneaks up just when you are expecting something interesting finally to happen.

Funniest scene: Jack Oakie attempts to mount a tall horse but has trouble because the stirrup is too high.


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