Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949)
Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949)
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as Ellen Grant
as Dick Richmond
as Peggy Donato
as Mr. Kilcoyne
as J. Hobart Gleason
as Helen White
as Judge Ben Grant
as Ralph Winton
as Roscoe Johnson
as Homer White
as Charles Meyers
as Jeanie Meyers
as Aunt Mae
as Councilman Reed
as Leo Hopkins
as Bus Driver
as Soda Clerk
as Court Clerk
as Sig Davis
as Maitre D'
as Job Boss
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Average comedy, uplifted tremendously by the presence of Lucille Ball and William Holden. They make it well worth watching, and the two of them have a great rapport together. Amusing.
** (out of four)
Noteworthy mostly for the pairing of Lucille Ball and William Holden. Both seem like they were waiting for better material (which they would both get) to come along.
Ball is a wacky secretary who puts a wrench in a bunch of bookies illegal activities.
[font=Garamond][size=3][font=Garamond]From the hometown of Lucille Ball, [/font][font=Garamond]Jamestown[/font][font=Garamond], [/font][font=Garamond]NY[/font][font=Garamond], comes this review of a delightful comedy that has nothing to do with Desi Arnaz or her TV sitcom. This is just a plain old-fashioned slapstick romantic comedy ? and a predictable but fun film at that.
All Judge Ben Grant wants for his niece Ellen (Lucille Ball) is for her to marry her nice lawyer boyfriend Frank and settle down. Ellen has other plans, though, which include struggling through secretarial school even though she shows absolutely no aptitude for any part of a secretary?s job. Interestingly, her incompetence doesn?t stop Mr. Richard Richmond (William Holden) from hiring her as his new company secretary. Of course, he?s only hired her to be a pretty face with no thoughts behind it, since his real estate company is actually just a front for a bookie joint. It might have worked, except that [/font][font=Garamond]Richmond[/font][font=Garamond] wasn?t counting on a cheery workaholic with some powerful friends in law enforcement. Instead of being an unwitting front for their illegal operations, Ellen starts working like a madwoman to make their legitimate work succeed. She practically forces [/font][font=Garamond]Richmond[/font][font=Garamond] to buy land and begin a low-income housing project, and when he wants to quit, she takes over management of the entire construction. When [/font][font=Garamond]Richmond[/font][font=Garamond] tries to skim some off the top and use the project as another con scheme, she gets her uncle to sell his house in order to come up with the missing money to finish the project. In the end, she turns [/font][font=Garamond]Richmond[/font][font=Garamond] to an honest man. He disentangles himself from the gambling syndicate and entangles himself in her arms instead.
There is nothing special about this film, but it?s certainly enjoyable viewing. It?s short and moves at a good pace. Holden is young and charming even as the corrupt man in need of redemption, and Lucy is as cute as ever doing her typical physical comedy stunts and playing the hard-working ingénue character. The supporting cast is okay and some of the jokes are still worth a chuckle these many years later.[/font][font=Garamond]
Overall, a cute but typical romantic comedy that is worth watching for the pairing of its two stars, featured here right before they both hit the big time.[/font][/size][/font]
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