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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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Cast

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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Comedy

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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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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 22, 1951 with William Holden reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ellen Grant: Oh, Dick, do you do that to all your Secretaries?
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Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

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Lucy and Bill
13 April 2006 | by wglennSee all my reviews

I've always thought William Holden was an underrated comic actor and at his most charming in some of his comedies (Sabrina, Born Yesterday, Moon is Blue). Since he didn't make a lot of comedies, I was looking forward to this one with Lucille Ball. But it's not Holden's film. It's Lucy's film, with Holden playing the straight man. I'm not a big Lucy fan, but she's quite funny in this. Holden, on the other hand, seems a little stiff or disinterested. To be honest, there's not much to work with. Lucy probably succeeds because she's very good at physical comedy and can make us laugh without saying anything, which helps when the script is so weak. Holden's humor tends to come from his intelligence and his timing, which is harder to make work when the screenplay is mediocre or you don't want to be in the film to begin with. Miss Grant Takes Richmond came out the year before Sunset Blvd., so I imagine that Holden's frustration with his roles during much of the 1940s was reaching its peak around this time. But James Gleason and Frank McHugh, two wonderful actors, also seem to struggle a bit in this film, so I pin much of the blame on the writing. There are some funny bits here and there, but it's all a little sugary for me. Lucy fans will probably enjoy it, though - she does the best.


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