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The Affairs of Annabel (1938)





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Lucille Ball landed her first starring comedy role in the mile-a-minute farce The Affairs of Annabel. Lucy of course plays the title character, a screwball movie actress who indulges in one wacky publicity stunt after another at the behest of her press agent Morgan (Jack Oakie). To promote an upcoming prison picture, Annabel gets herself arrested-and has quite a time extricating herself from behind bars. The limit comes when she gathers research for her next film by hiring on as a housemaid, culminating in a fake kidnapping that turns out to be the real thing. Matching Ball and Oakie laugh for laugh is Fritz Feld as a bombastic foreign director. Cowritten by future Desilu Studios executive Bert Grant, The Affairs of Annabel was popular enough to inspire an equally hilarious sequel, Annabel Takes a Tour.
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Lucille Ball
as Annabel Allison
Jack Oakie
as Lanny Morgan
Ruth Donnelly
as Josephine
Bradley Page
as Howard Webb
Fritz Feld
as Vladimir
Elizabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Fletcher
Elisabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Fletcher
Granville Bates
as Mr. Fletcher
James Burke
as Muldoon
Lee Van Atta
as Robert Fletcher
Anthony Warde
as Bailey
Eddie Marr
as Martin
Leona Roberts
as Mrs. Hurley
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It's nice to see Lucy in an early screwball comedy role, but the film itself is nothing to write home about.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Outlandish escapades are made entertaining by Lucy in an early comedy role. Good supporting cast.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This was good enough to Spawn a Sequel,' Annabel Takes a Tour', missing here on Flixter.Lucy is a Brunette for a change,an Actress named Annabel, but it seems she,much like in the I Love Lucy Show, is always mixed up in Hair Brain Scheme's.This time these schemes are the Brain child of her Agent,Morgan, Jack Okie.She even does a month in Prison for Film Research & as a publicity stunt, but the press never picks up on it because her Agent is inept, & always getting her into Hot Water,which makes this funny.Annabel will do anything for publicity, including becoming a maid , & getting involved in a fake kidnapping, that turns out not to be fake after all. A fun Screwball Comedy to dd to your Lucy List.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

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