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The Fuller Brush Girl (1950)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 15 September 1950 (USA)
Scatterbrained Sally Elliott tries to get a job as a Fuller brush girl and desperate for money she borrows her friend's kit without permission and her attempts at selling cosmetics ... See full summary »

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Lloyd Bacon

Writer:

Frank Tashlin (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lucille Ball ... Sally Elliot
Eddie Albert ... Humphrey Briggs
Carl Benton Reid ... Mr. Christy
Gale Robbins ... Ruby Rawlings
Jeff Donnell ... Jane Bixby
Jerome Cowan ... Harvey Simpson
John Litel ... Mr. Watkins
Fred Graham ... Rocky Mitchell
Lee Patrick ... Claire Simpson
Arthur Space ... Insp. Rodgers
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Scatterbrained Sally Elliott tries to get a job as a Fuller brush girl and desperate for money she borrows her friend's kit without permission and her attempts at selling cosmetics door-to-door are disastrous. She and her fiance Humphrey get involved in a smuggling scheme and she becomes the prime suspect in first one and then a second murder. She and Humphrey find themselves dodging the police while trying to catch the real killers. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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A BRAND NEW LINE OF LAFFS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Accidenti che ragazza! See more »

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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

Red Skelton, who played the title role in "The Fuller Brush Man" (1948) makes a cameo here in character. See more »

Goofs

When Sally and Humphrey are sprung into the air and hang on the wire you can see the wires that is holding Sally up. See more »

Quotes

Sally Elliot: It only took you a year to finish that correspondence course.
Humphrey Briggs: Yeah, but that was a six month course.
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Connections

Features Ladies of the Chorus (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Ladies of the Chorus
Written by Lester Lee and Allan Roberts
Performed by the chorus line at the burlesque show
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Comedy was her niche!
1 October 2011 | by misctidsandbitsSee all my reviews

Ah, this is fun. I've heard that in this movie, Ms. Ball was the closest to her future TV hit persona. It still was not "Lucy unleashed" as we later experienced on TV, but the action is unleashed. They may just have unrolled some new hijinks in this movie. Haven't seen the likes of some of it. The action got so rough at times that I understand Ms. Ball sustained several injuries, with ongoing effects. That tells me she did her own stuff. It was pret-ty wild ... She did a comedy with a young William Holden, "Miss Grant Takes Richmond," before this. But it was this Fuller Brush Girl movie that was used in discussions with CBS for her own TV show, to demonstrate that she could do comedy.

I didn't see Ms. Ball's early films until several years ago, and found it a novelty seeing her in them. She was mostly in drama, only doing comedy toward the end of her early film career, and there were only a few. It was very interesting to see her in high fashion 40's clothes and hair. She was very glamorous in most of them, often a show girl, then a sophisticated, haughty type. The personality was so different - nothing like her upcoming "Lucy." She was called the "Queen of B pictures," which could be said about some others also. She did a lot of bit and small parts before moving into leads. One of the weightier ones was "Lured" with George Sanders and Cedric Hardwicke. She also co-starred with a young Henry Fonda in "The Big Street." They dated for a while. He thought she was gorgeous, and she is - a very attractive woman. It was when she started doing the comedies that she knew she had found her niche, and the Ricardos started working on the idea of a TV show.

Hers is a hard work, good luck story with a happy ending. After toiling in the trenches for so many years, she came out way on top with her own show, which was a solid success for decades. As everyone knows, her reruns are still in demand. She's a legend. What if she had quit or been unwilling to strike out into the new media (at that time)? She went on to do other films, such as "Mame" with Robert Preston. Hey, I think she broke out of B movies!! Don't cry for Lucy. She came into her dream. Can't put her down either. She just kept popping up and up and up.

I think most comedy fans will enjoy this movie. It has the wonderful Eddie Albert, who definitely plays second fiddle to Lucy, but with vigor. Ha! Try it; I think you'll like it.


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