The Fuller Brush Girl


The Fuller Brush Girl

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Hot on the heels of such Red Skelton slapstick comedies as The Fuller Brush Man and The Yellow Cab Man came The Fuller Brush Girl, starring Lucille Ball in a fascinating dry run for her wacky "Lucy Ricardo" TV character. Unable to hold a job because of her tendency to get into trouble, Sally Elliot (Ball) hires on at the Fuller Brush company as a door-to-door cosmetics salesman. After several misadventures involving obnoxious children and snooty matrons, Sally finds herself in the middle of a murder scheme. With reluctant boyfriend Humphrey (Eddie Albert) in tow, Sally gets mixed up in one hilariously life-threatening situation after another, culminating in a prolonged chase sequence on board a tramp steamer. Highlights include Ball's outrageous striptease scene (to the tune of Rita Hayworth's "Put the Blame on Mame") and a choice cameo by Red Skelton as an all-too-cooperative customer. Most of the sight gags in Fuller Brush Girl were cooked up by former cartoon director Frank Tashlin, who'd also contributed to Fuller Brush Man.


Lucille Ball
as Sally Elliot
Eddie Albert
as Humphrey Briggs
Gale Robbins
as Ruby Rawlings
Carl Benton Reid
as Mr. Christy
Jeff Donnell
as Jane Bixby
John Litel
as Watkins
Jerome Cowan
as Harvey Simpson
Fred Graham
as Rocky Mitchell
Lee Patrick
as Claire Simpson
Arthur Space
as Inspector Rodgers
Lelah Tyler
as Mrs. North
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. East
Lois Austin
as Mrs. West
Isabel Randolph
as Mrs. South
Louis Austin
as Mrs. West
Isabel Withers
as Mrs. Finley
Gregory Marshall
as Alvin/Albert
Gail Bonney
as Baby Sitter
Sumner Getchell
as Magazine Salesman
Red Skelton
as Fuller Brush Man
Jay Barney
as Fingerprint Man
Myron Healey
as Employee
Bud Osborne
as Old Sailor
Paul Bryar
as Couple
Frank Wilcox
as Roberts
Syd Saylor
as Wardrobe Man
Paul E. Burns
as Stage Doorman
Val Avery
as Burlesque Patron
George Lloyd
as Sea Captain on Dock
Cliff Clark
as Ship's Captain
Joseph Crehan
as Captain of Police Boat
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  • Sep 05, 2010
    This movie is incredibly too silly and goofy, and the gags just go on and on even after they aren't funny anymore. There are some good actors in the movie, but that doesn't help.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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