Obliging Young Lady (1942)

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Linda Norton is instructed by her employer attorney to take young Bridget Potter, whose wealthy parents are engaged in a divorce suit, to an isolated country resort, to shelter the girl from newspaper reporters and publicity.


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Richard Wallace


Frank Ryan (screenplay), Bert Granet (screenplay), Arthur T. Horman (story)

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21 November 2008 | Doylenf
| Silly comedy gets boorish behavior from every member of the cast...
It's painfully obvious that OBLIGING YOUNG LADY is about a bratty girl who isn't the least bit obliging. Nor do the adults around her behave with any more common sense throughout the running time of this weak screwball comedy.

JOAN CARROLL gets top billing as the bratty girl given to putting tacks on chairs for sheer delight. EDMOND O'BRIEN proves that comedy was not his forte; EVE ARDEN is totally wasted as a newspaper woman; RUTH WARRICK is pretty but can do nothing much with a bland role as a lawyer who takes the girl to a lodge in the country while the parents are involved in a custody battle.

The good supporting cast includes GEORGE CLEVELAND, CHARLES LANE, FORTUNIO BONANOVA and FRANKLIN PANGBORN. Pangborn is the only bright note in the comedy, arriving at the lodge with his bird group and providing some genuinely amusing comic moments with their bird calls.

RKO was obviously hoping to provide a star vehicle for child actress JOAN CARROLL but the character she plays is obnoxious from scene one and the script never gives her an opportunity to be anything but annoying.

Bad script defeats everyone and results in a strained and very foolish comedy in which everyone is guilty of boorish behavior.

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30 January 1942



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