15 May 2019 | bkoganbing
She loved her sailor, but he isn't always true
Harold Lloyd the fabled comedian of the silent screen produced this comedy for
RKO. Lloyd recognizing comic talent has Lucille Ball in the lead and her guy and
gob in that order are Edmond O'Brien and George Murphy.
The day before she's to start a new job as the secretary of a big shipping firm,
Ball and her family which consists of parents George Cleveland and Kathleen
Howard and nimble fingered Lloyd Corrigan as her brother decide to go to the
opera. They get into a row with Edmond O'Brien and his fiance Marguerite
Chapman when they sit at his box at the Met.
The next day Ball reports for work and discovers her new boss is O'Brien and
that sets off a row. But soon he rather likes the blue color girl. The problem is
she has a blue collar guy in sailor George Murphy on leave from Uncle Sam's
Navy and deciding whether he wants another hitch.
The comedy belongs to Ball and Murphy. O'Brien who is a rich but shy business
executive serves as a foil primarily. Lloyd puts in a few nice touches including
a great car chase that could have come from one of his silent screen classics.
Franklin Pangborn has a couple of scenes as a nervous pet shop owner whom
they all seem to run into and put upon. Henry Travers is also featured as
O'Brien's uncle and quite the matchmaker.
Curiously enough with one of the protagonists a sailor and the film coming out
in March of 1941 not a word about current unpleasantness in the world that the Navy would be getting into before the year was out.
Films like these were putting Lucille Ball on the road to being the queen of