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Dizzy comedy stars Lucille Ball as a spitfire secretary who unwittingly reforms a gang of crooks! Also starring William Holden.

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  • Actors: Lucille Ball, William Holden, Janis Carter, James Gleason, Gloria Henry
  • Directors: Lloyd Bacon
  • Producers: S. Sylvan Simon
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SPE
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00579FW3Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,433 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The acting is crisp the dialogue engaging, and the humor is genuinely funny.
J. Lindner
Sometimes called "hollywood b---- slaps on youtube, there are numerous great slap scenes that just make you happy.
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I recomend this movie to any Lucille Ball fan, and to a great evening of big laughs and more laughs.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "leggomyeggodiego" on June 9, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Lot's of laughs and love in this particular Lucille Ball film. I think Lucy took the movie by 5/10 , meaning she stole the movie from the begining. With her smart talks and crazy ideas she did it again. I have never seen a Lucille Ball movie I did not like. In "Miss Grant takes Richmond" she takes the job of beauty, good looks, but no brains for the front desk of the Richmond Realty. With her the Richmond Realty will no longer have the cops to worry about. But the help of Miss. Grant. I recomend this movie to any Lucille Ball fan, and to a great evening of big laughs and more laughs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 4, 2007
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Some plot SPOILERS here.

In 1949, at 38 years of age and 2 years before her ship came in with I LOVE LUCY, Lucille Ball was still toiling away in Hollywood, trying to make it big. She'd gained a modicum of success as a lower-tiered contracted actress, but she still hadn't achieved superstar status at this stage in her life. Part of the problem was that she was so beautiful that, for the longest time, she was perceived as a Barbie doll, to be dressed up and posed beguilingly in front of a camera. Her lines were meager and most of her movie parts relegated her to playing second fiddle. When she did get top billing, it was usually in a B picture. Heck, most of her films were B pictures. So, on the surface, when MISS GRANT TAKES RICHMOND came out in 1949, it seemed to be more of the same old, same old. I know that Lucy's MY FAVORITE HUSBAND radio show (1948-1951) was the early incarnation of I LOVE LUCY, but there's so much of the future Lucy Ricardo in this movie's Ellen Grant that lightbulbs must've lit up even brighter over the heads of several bigwigs at television land. Or that's my theory, anyway.

Ellen Grant (Lucille Ball) is a maladroit trainee mucking things up at the Woodruff Secretarial School. Nevertheless, she's chosen by Richard Richmond (William Holden) as the new secretary of his real estate firm. Apparently, it wasn't clerical aptitude he was looking for as much as a set of fabulous legs, and Ellen most definitely has those. As Richmond puts it, "We got beauty in the front office and brains in the back office." And, certainly, Ellen is a bit klutzy, ditzy, and oblivious, so it takes her some time to get clued in that the real estate business is actually a cover for a bookie agency. She's goodhearted, though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tee on October 22, 2005
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Two years before I LOVE LUCY debuted on television, Lucille Ball starred in this hilarious movie opposite William Holden as a hopelessly incompetent secretary who is quite oblivious that the real estate office she works at is just a front for a bookie. Lucy was starring in the popular radio comedy MY FAVORITE HUSBAND at the time and she had made a number of successful comedy films, notably AFFAIRS OF ANNABEL and EASY TO WED, but she never had as good a showcase for her wacky innocence before like MISS GRANT. Alas, the video is now out of print and no DVD appears on the horizon but hopefully the movie will resurface. And let's hope Columbia uses a better print than they did for the video release, this one has several scratchy scenes of mediocre quality yet I am still satisfied for the chance at seeing this extraordinary comedienne in full bloom and on the eve of something really historic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lindner on March 25, 2011
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This clever but well written movie stars Lucille Ball and William Holden as two screw ups who dserve each other. Ball is a ditzy stenographer who is hired because she's not competent by a bookie posing as a realty agent who is likewise out of his league. Things become dicey when the good hearted Miss Grant tries to personally solve a post war affordable housing crisis. She inadvertantly disrupts Mr. Richmond's gambling agency going so far as to become project manager for a ficticious turned real housing project.

The interaction between Ball and Holden is dynamic. They feed on each other's talents and the result is a very entertaining and funny movie. If you happen to catch this on late night cable, either watch it or set your DVR, you won't be disappointed. The acting is crisp the dialogue engaging, and the humor is genuinely funny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lillie Mae Chandler on June 18, 2001
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Once again Lucy shows her expertise in comedy. The way she portrays herself as a student trying to get a diploma cracks us up. I think she was great .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura on April 21, 2000
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Miss Grant Takes Richmond is a hilarious Lucille Ball movie co-starring Bill Holden. Lucy is enrolled in a secretarial school, but is terrible. Bill Holden comes in looking for a secretary and surprisingly picks Lucy. Over time, she learns to be a great secretary. Unbeknownst to Lucy, she's involved with crooks. A great comedy from before Lucy was Lucy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 15, 2002
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Lucille Ball stars as an inept secretary who is hired to work as the receptionist at a crooked real estate company -- this gal's so dumb she couldn't possibly figure out what the real racket is, think the thugs. However, her character has hidden talents, not the least of which is the ability to win a man's heart. (The man in question being William Holden, who's running the bookie joint behind closed doors.) A slight, but enjoyable screwball comedy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gator Girl on February 22, 2011
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in this movie. I got this movie at Walmart for a dollar. What a steal .The chemistry between Lucy and Willam is outstanding I love it. This is a most for any Lucy or William fan.
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