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Excellent Tracy-Hepburn vehicle...but Lucille Ball's best film performance
This is an excellent vehicle for Tracy-Hepburn, not their best but darn close to it. Cleverly made comedy.
The whole cast is just fine, but I think this is Lucille Ball's all-time best feature film performance. She didn't have much opportunity for high-brow sophisticated parts, and as Kitty, the real estate agent and love interest for Keynan Wynn, Ball is just wonderful. What a shame she didn't get parts like this very often.
Direction and set design is typical of MGM's best of the 1940's.
Nifty film.....now if Warner Home Video would get around to releasing it on DVD, I'd be a happy camper.
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