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Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949)

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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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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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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"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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Hood: [answering the phone] It's Dick. Are you in?
Peggy Donato: I'm always in for Dick.
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Generally Ho-hum but -- Here Comes Lucy!
10 August 2007 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This is the only big-screen movie I have seen in which the Lucille Ball of "I Love Lucy" was clearly apparent. The movie was released only a few years before the TV series started. The TV series: Of course I love it. The movie: It's nicely done but warmed-over from numerous earlier films.

Ball is hired by bookie William Holden from a secretarial school. What's odd about that? Only this: She is far and away, and very obviously, the worst student there. She makes a mess of typing, gets tangled in the typewriter ribbon, etc., Just like Lucy. A little like Charlie Chaplin.

And she uses that high, bleating voice we came to know and love in her television show. She'd made comedies before this but she was always kind of tough, the way she came across in most of her more serious outings too.

This has a fine supporting cast. Seeing James Gleason is always a pleasure. Ditto Frank McHugh, looking a little prosperous here but playing his usual sort of role. And Janis Carter is hilariously mean as Holden's onetime romantic interest.

Holden holds up his part of the movie but seems distracted. He was fine in "Golden Boy" but didn't come into his own until "Sunset Boulevard," also a few years later.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with "Miss Grant Takes Richmond." Maybe it's good, too, that if one dozes off for a bit, one will be right there and know exactly what's going on. It's familiar stuff, nicely handled.


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