Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949) starring Lucille Ball, William Holden, James Gleason
Miss Grant Takes Richmond begins at a secretarial school. The grave-looking Charles Lane is overseeing his class, including Ellen Grant, played by the lovely Lucille Ball. Most of the class is performing well, but not Lucille Ball’s character. She demonstrates this to the audience in a battle with an old-style typewriter — and losing. It’s a quiet slapstick routine, and sets her character for the audience. Effectively, she’s playing her Lucy Ricardo character from I Love Lucy (before she met Ricky). Hard working, diligent, intelligent, but accident prone — and cooking up a scheme to “help” other people.
At home that evening, she’s practicing her typing, in hopes of graduating from secretarial school the next day. She’s living with her aunt and uncle — the uncle is a Judge, and someone highly respected in the community. Likewise, her boyfriend is assistant District Attorney.Read More »Miss Grant Takes Richmond [Lucille Ball]
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), starring Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains, James Gleason, Edward Everett Horton
I recently saw Here Comes Mr. Jordan, and I can say that I truly enjoyed it, with wonderful performances all around. It’s a movie that clearly deserved it’s Oscars. Here’s why:
The Yellow Cab Man (1950) starring Red Skelton, Gloria DeHaven, Walter Slezak
The Yellow Cab Man begins with a very funny title sequence. The accident-prone “Red” Pirdy, portrayed by Red Skelton, falls down stairs and ends up in the hospital. He confides to the audience, “You know this is the best cast I’ve ever been in”. With the various cast members having “signed” his cast. The film proper begins with character actor Charles Lane, an agent for an insurance company, turning Red down for insurance …. Since he’s accident prone.Read More »The Yellow Cab Man [Red Skelton]