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Slightly Dangerous (1943)

Passed | | Comedy , Romance | April 1943 (USA)
Peggy is 21 and bored. She has just been awarded a certificate for starting work on time for 1000 days. She decides that she needs a change so she leaves a note, which is taken to be ... See full summary »

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Ian McLellan Hunter (story), Aileen Hamilton (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Peggy Evans aka Carol Burden
Robert Young ... Bob Stuart
Walter Brennan ... Cornelius Burden
May Whitty ... Baba (as Dame May Whitty)
Eugene Pallette ... Durstin
Alan Mowbray ... English Gentleman
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Amanda Roanoke-Brooke
Howard Freeman ... Mr. Quill
Millard Mitchell ... Baldwin
Ward Bond ... Jimmy
Pamela Blake ... Mitzi
Ray Collins ... Snodgrass
Paul Stanton ... Stanhope
O.K. Ford O.K. Ford ... Music Lover
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Storyline

Peggy is 21 and bored. She has just been awarded a certificate for starting work on time for 1000 days. She decides that she needs a change so she leaves a note, which is taken to be suicidal, and heads for New York where she gets a make over. A new outfit, a new look and an freak accident gets her in the paper as a amnesia victim, just because she does not want to be Peggy Evans any more. The paper thinks she may be an heiress so she searches for a few clues from back issues of the paper and finds that Carol Burden was never found. Cornelius Burden, however, has sent dozens of frauds to jail already and she must trick him and Baba to keep out of jail. Next, she must stop her old manager, Bob Stuart, from spilling the beans about her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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STOP! DANGEROUS CURVES AHEAD! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Careless See more »

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Budget:

$918,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Thursday 18 October 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Sunday 21 October 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Seattle Sunday 11 November 1956 on KING (Channel 5), and by Altoona PA Tuesday 20 November 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10) ; in Chicago it first aired 26 December 1956 on WBBM (Channel 2), in New York City 26 January 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in San Francisco 30 December 1957 on KGO (Channel 7), but in Minneapolis it was not viewed until 5 November 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

When Peggy visits the library's newspaper archive, she takes down a bound volume of the New York Star marked July 1924 on the spine from a shelf of volumes labeled with the months of 1924. In the next closeup the volume is marked July 1924 on the spine and July 1925 on the front cover (visible simultaneously). A montage of her subsequent searches continues with the August and September 1925 volumes and beyond. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Evans aka Carol Burden: If I turn out to be your daughter, I'm going to run away from home!
Cornelius Burden: [sourly] And I'll help you!
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Dance of the Cuckoos
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Lana at 21 was gorgeous and a darned good actress in light comedy...
10 October 2005 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS gave 21 year-old LANA TURNER her first big starring break in a film not dominated by a male star. MGM couldn't have chosen a better vehicle to show off her talent as a light comedienne with a gorgeous face and figure. And ROBERT YOUNG does nicely as her leading man in a farce that has elements of screwball comedy.

It takes the mistaken identity theme (based on a false case of amnesia) and puts Lana in the clutches of rich relatives--WALTER BRENNAN (in an unusual role for him) and DAME MAY WITTY--who believe she is their long lost daughter. Young knows the real story and spends most of the movie chasing after her to prove to the folks in her hometown that he shouldn't have lost his job over her disappearance.

It's all lightweight comedy and Turner never misses a chance to give the role of the scheming girl a sense of fun and innocence with a sexy twist. She goes from brunette salesgirl to blonde heiress in a series of outfits that only MGM's wardrobe department could devise. This is the kind of light escapist entertainment that weary wartime GIs were crazy about--and Lana looks sensational while giving an expert performance.

ROBERT YOUNG is no slouch as her leading man. He has some scenes that reveal just what a flair he had for light comedy--and some of it very physical.

The big delight is seeing so many well-known names in character roles: Ward Bond, Florence Bates, Alan Mobray, Bobby Blake (as Lana's kid brother), Ray Collins, Frank Faylen, Norma Varden and Howard Freeman, to name a few.

Well worth a look--a pure delight from start to finish.


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