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Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949)

Unrated | | Comedy | 20 September 1949 (USA)
A newly hired dumb secretary working for a bookie masquerading as a Realtor causes unintended hilarious troubles for her employer.

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Lloyd Bacon

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Nat Perrin (screenplay), Devery Freeman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Ellen Grant
William Holden ... Dick Richmond
Janis Carter ... Peggy Donato
James Gleason ... Timothy P. Gleason
Gloria Henry ... Helen White
Frank McHugh ... Mr. Kilcoyne
George Cleveland ... Judge Ben Grant
Stephen Dunne ... Ralph Winton
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A bookie uses a phony real estate business as a front for his betting parlor. To further keep up the sham, he hires dim-witted Ellen Grant as his secretary figuring she won't suspect any criminal goings-on. When Ellen learns of some friends who are about to lose their homes, she unwittingly drafts her boss into developing a new low-cost housing development. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The Most Hilarious Girl-Takes-Boy Escapade of the Year! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Domnişoara Grant ia compania Richmond See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Rita Hayworth was going to star in this movie, but Hayworth requested script revisions, and went on suspension to avoid making it. See more »

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Mr. Woodruff tells the students that they have 45 seconds to transcribe their shorthand notes. He sets the timer. This scene, which is shown in real time, takes 71 seconds from the time he says "go" to the time the timer goes off. See more »

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[Dick and Peggy are about to have a drink. Ellen enters, dressed in a trenchcoat and fedora, with an unlit cigarette dangling from her lip, acting the part of the tough moll. She is followed by her "gang," similarly garbed, consisting of her father, Ralph, and another man]
Ellen Grant: [to her "boys"] Gimp! Louie! Fingers!
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Ellen Grant: Musclin' in on my organization, huh? Hijackin' my key man. You're in a jam, sister!
Dick Richmond: Listen, Ellen, I made a deal.
Ellen Grant: [slaps him twice, knocking him over] Shut up, ya rat! So ya tried ...
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Lucille Ball shows a glimmer of things to come...as Lucy...
27 September 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

This is a not so funny comedy that does at least provide a few laughs, mostly because it's a set-up for some shenanigans that are reminders of what would happen when LUCILLE BALL left films for television to become America's number one comedienne with I LOVE LUCY.

There are more than a few hints of her deft handling of physical comedy and there's a nice chemistry between Lucy and her handsome boss, WILLIAM HOLDEN. Then too, there's the additional advantage of having JAMES GLEASON and FRANK McHUGH as supporting actors for a thin story about a daffy secretary who is slow in catching on to the fact that the real estate office she works for is really a front for bookies.

MISS GRANT TAKES RICHMOND has all the appearance of a low-budget programmer and it's surprising to find WILLIAM HOLDEN still drifting around in this sort of weak material when he had so many golden opportunities just ahead of him. Still, he's not bad and shows a definite flair for handling light romantic comedy. But there's no doubt about it, this is a vehicle designed to promote the comic flair of his co-star, soon to become famous as a scatterbrained housewife.

The thin script plays more like a half-hour TV comedy padded to the running time of a feature film. The funniest bits are the slapstick elements, particularly Lucy avoiding a building crane that seems intent on burying her in a pile of dirt and mud. But the stronger laughs are few and far between when the script is as painfully weak as this one.

Strictly for Lucy's most ardent fans.


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