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Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949)

Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949)

Miss Grant Takes Richmond

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In this film, Lucille Ball stars as Miss Grant, an efficient but naïve secretary hired by William Holden. Ostensibly a legit real estate salesman, Holden is actually the brains of a bookie ring. It takes forever for Ball to tumble to what's going on, but she eventually does.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Devery Freeman, Frank Tashlin, Nat Perrin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 1991
Runtime:
Columbia Pictures

Cast

Lucille Ball
as Ellen Grant
William Holden
as Dick Richmond
Janis Carter
as Peggy Donato
Frank McHugh
as Mr. Kilcoyne
James Gleason
as J. Hobart Gleason
Gloria Henry
as Helen White
George Cleveland
as Judge Ben Grant
Stephen Dunne
as Ralph Winton
Arthur Space
as Willacombe
Will Wright
as Roscoe Johnson
Jimmy Lloyd
as Homer White
Loren Tindall
as Charles Meyers
Ola Lorraine
as Jeanie Meyers
Claire Meade
as Aunt Mae
Roy Roberts
as Foreman
Charles Lane
as Woodruff
Harry Harvey
as Councilman Reed
Harry V. Cheshire
as Leo Hopkins
Glenn Thompson
as Carpenter
Syd Saylor
as Surveyor
Eddie Acuff
as Bus Driver
Billy Lechner
as Soda Clerk
Charles Marsh
as Court Clerk
Sid Saylor
as Surveyor
Stanley Waxman
as Sig Davis
Cosmo Sardo
as Maitre D'
Cliff Clark
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.

jam233
James Higgins

** (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.

Zeppo1
Steve Smith

[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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walkingwing
Catherine Dodds

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