A plain-Jane math professor (Joan Davis) at a small midwestern college is talked into journeying to New York on behalf of a colleague who has written a steamy bestseller under an assumed ...
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A plain-Jane math professor (Joan Davis) at a small midwestern college is talked into journeying to New York on behalf of a colleague who has written a steamy bestseller under an assumed name. While in the big city, the math prof receives a bump on the head which brings on a form of amnesia. She begins to believe she is the author of the sultry book, and has actually lived its story. Now freed from her inhibitions, the lady professor sashays about with abandon. With a PR man (Jack Oakie) in tow, she crashes a party of swells at the home of a wealthy industrialist (Thurston Hall) and pressures him into making a large contribution to her tiny college back home.Written by
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Joan Davis is a buttoned down professor at an Indiana college. She's on her way to a conference to read her paper on abstruse mathematics, when dean's wife Gloria Stuart explains she wrote a tell-all novel called ALWAYS LULU. She wants the royalties for the college, which is just about broke, but for publicity publisher Thurston Hall and publicity man Jack Oakie want her in New York. They claim she has to sign papers. Miss Stuart asks Miss Davis to pretend to be her. Miss Davis reluctantly agrees, meets nice Texas engineer Kirby Grant and dates him up.... then comes down with total amnesia. Oakie, thinking her the real Lulu, tries to educate her in the ways of the vamp by reading to her from the book.
It's an amusing albeit unlikely comedy set-up. The problem for fans of Miss Davis is that it gives her far too chances for her outsized clowning. Except for a few moments when Jack Oakie is reading the book to her, she seems far too much the mild math professor. The movies always had problems with the level of her clowning: too much in one movie, too little in another, like here, where usually the script rarely gives her a chance to show her comic chops.
It was also the last film for three decades for Miss Stuart. Two more examples of how Hollywood often failed to know what to do with the talent it had.
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