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Miss Grant Takes Richmond

Overview

Lucille Ball is 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 when she does she settles matters in the same fashion as her later I Love Lucy character would--by adopting a disguise and a line of snappy patter. The chastened Holden marries Ball and agrees to devote his life to running an honest real-estate firm on behalf of the deserving ...
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Overview

Lucille Ball is 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 when she does she settles matters in the same fashion as her later I Love Lucy character would--by adopting a disguise and a line of snappy patter. The chastened Holden marries Ball and agrees to devote his life to running an honest real-estate firm on behalf of the deserving homeless. Among the contributors to the success of Miss Grant Takes Richmond are producer S. Sylvan Simon, director Lloyd Bacon and scenarist Frank Tashlin, all of whom would later team up again for the zany Lucille Ball vehicle The Fuller Brush Girl.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A charming if very lightweight little comedy, Miss Grant Takes Richmond may be little more than a sit-com expanded to feature length -- but it's a very pleasant one. Certainly, the effort to make this slight story fill up its allotted time shows a little here and there, but Grant is such an amiable little film that most viewers won't mind that. Besides, Grant offers Lucille Ball one of her best comedic film roles, and also lets William Holden display his flair for light comedy. Both stars are a great deal of fun, with Ball in fine form as the ditzy but not THAT ditzy secretary and Holden extremely winning as the ambitious bookie whose innate goodness can't be disguised for long. Of equal importance, the two performers evince a genuine chemistry, working together like a well oiled machine. They are ably supported by the always-dependable James Gleason, who is in very good form, and the very amusing Frank McHugh. The players all know how to handle this kind of material, aided by director Lloyd Bacon's deft comic touch. If Grant's screenplay keeps it from being a really special laugher, it's still a pleasant little trifle.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2011
  • UPC: 043396384514
  • Original Release: 1949
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,425

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lucille Ball Ellen Grant
William Holden Dick Richmond
Janis Carter Peggy Donato
James Gleason J. Hobart Gleason
Gloria Henry Helen White
Frank McHugh Mr. Kilcoyne
George Cleveland Judge Ben Grant
Stephen Dunne Ralph Winton
Arthur Space Willacombe
Will Wright Roscoe Johnson
Jimmy Lloyd Homer White
Loren Tindall Charles Meyers
Ola Lorraine Jeanie Meyers
Claire Meade Aunt Mae
Roy Roberts Foreman
Charles Lane Woodruff
Harry V. Cheshire Leo Hopkins
Eddie Acuff Bus Driver
Peter Brocco
Wanda Cantlon Maid
Cliff Clark Job Boss
Don Hayden
Jerry Jerome
Brad Johnson
Ted Jordan
Billy Lechner Soda Clerk
Charles Marsh Court Clerk
Paul Newlan
Jack Overman
Wanda Perry Ruth
Michael Ross Hood
Cosmo Sardo Maitre D'
Sid Saylor Surveyor
Marjorie Stapp
Robert Strong
Charles Sullivan Worker
Glenn Thompson Carpenter
Stanley Waxman Sig Davis
Bret Hamilton
Tom Kingston Bit Player
Michael Cisney Lawyer
Harry Harvey Councilman Reed
Technical Credits
Lloyd Bacon Director
Clay Campbell Makeup
James Crowe Set Decoration/Design
James A. Crowe Set Decoration/Design
Everett Freeman Original Story
Devery Freeman Screenwriter
Walter Holscher Art Director
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Nat Perrin Screenwriter
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
S. Sylvan Simon Producer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank Tashlin Screenwriter
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