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The Fuller Brush Girl 1950

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4.4 out of 5 stars (73) IMDb 6.7/10

Hysterical catastrophes follow door-to-door salesgirl Lucille Ball in this classic comedy co-starring Eddie Albert.

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Lucille Ball, Eddie Albert
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1 hour, 24 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Lloyd Bacon
Starring Lucille Ball, Eddie Albert
Supporting actors Carl Benton Reid, Gale Robbins, Jeff Donnell, Jerome Cowan, John Litel, Fred Graham, Lee Patrick, Arthur Space, Lois Austin, Jay Barney, Mel Blanc, Gail Bonney, Donna Boswell, Leonard Bremen, Paul Bryar, Paul E. Burns, Cliff Clark, Russ Conway
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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"The Fuller Brush Girl" has got to be one of Lucille Ball's funniest movies made. The film came out in 1950, a year before "I Love Lucy." This movie definitely shows Lucy's ability to do physical comedy and is kind of like what's to come a year later when Lucy debuted in "I Love Lucy." I think this movie goes right up there with other Lucy comedy classis like "Yours, Mine & Ours," "The Long, Long Trailer," and "The Facts of Life." A must see movie for everyone. A+
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If anyone wonders how the perfectly poised Lucille Ball of her MGM years morphed into the madcap Lucy Ricardo of "I Love Lucy:" fame, then this movie is the supreme illustration. If you look at her earlier, much bigger budgeted movies for major studios, you see glimmerings of the inner 'Lucy Ricardo' character trying to burst out. There were serious roles in "The Big Street', "The Dark Corner", "Without Love" and "Lured".... but occasionally this insanely funny gremlin that resided in Ball was allowed to break loose....like in "Dubarry was a Lady" and particularly in 1946's "Easy to Wed", a witty, glamorous romp in which she ran rampant over her formidable co-stars, Van Johnson, Esther Williams and Keenan Wynn in a rom-com that puts tpday's attempts at rom-coms to shame for its utter entertainment value. Despite all this - and probably, given the agist attitude of Hollywood - her movie career was in a decline by the time she made "The Fuller Brush Girl", pushing forty. But thanks to Frank Tashlin's crazy screenplay with its parade of original slapstick situations, "Lucy Ricardo" emerged.....not without birth pains....the strenuous comedy routines resulted, so we hear, in Lucille enduring sprains, a broken rib, and utter exhaustion because of the energy she threw into this, her almost-movie swansong. There was a final big-screen release in the same year - the uproarious "Fancy Pants" with Bob Hope, in which again, even in period character, 'Lucy Ricardo' was out never again to be subdued. Ball, seeing her movie career in decline, transformed her radio series "My Favourite Husband" into TV's "I Love Lucy", insisting that her real-life husband Desi Arnaz replace her radio hubby. The rest is history. But a very significant part of that history is the very B-grade but very funny "The Fuller Brush Girl" I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who likes Lucille Ball and who wants a laugh.
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THE FULLER BRUSH GIRL presents a character that's a hair away from Lucille Ball's madcap role in I LOVE LUCY. Actually, Sally Elliott (Ball) isn't near as ambitious as Lucy Ricardo. She harbors them everyday goals, but whenever she strives to realize these goals, the results tend to go haywire in the most screwball fashion. Familiar?

Sally is a switchboard operator at the shady Maritime Steamship Co. Her fiancé Humphrey Briggs (Eddie Albert) toils unnoticed as a shipping clerk at the same firm. Sally and Humphrey covet a house that's for sale, except that they're short of the deposit. When their crooked boss requires a dummy - a faux cargo supervisor - to front a dubious enterprise, his eye falls on that dim-witted mug, Humphrey. It's up to you now to figure out how this turn of affairs leads to Sally's becoming a door-to-door cosmetics salesgirl and, soon after, her being framed for murder.

You look like you're pining for some behind-the-scenes stuff. When MGM refused to relinquish Red Skelton's contract, Columbia Pictures then recruited Lucille Ball in hopes of featuring her in a series of slapstick comedies. 1950's THE FULLER BRUSH GIRL is sort of a follow-up to Skelton's 1948 hit The Fuller Brush Man; Skelton was a cool enough gent that he readily agreed to do a cameo as the Fuller Brush Man. As a side note, 1950 saw Lucille Ball headlining the CBS radio comedy series, My Favorite Wife, a gig which would hone her comedic chops even further and prep her for I LOVE LUCY a year later. Anyway, her radio commitment left her with ample free time to do movies.
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Ah, this is super great fun. I've heard that in this movie, Ms. Ball was the closest to her future TV hit persona. It still was not "Lucy unleashed" as we later experienced on TV, but the action is unleashed. They may just have unrolled some new hijinks in this movie. Haven't seen the likes of some of it. The action got so rough at times that Ms. Ball sustained several injuries, with ongoing effects. That tells me she did her own stuff. It was pret-ty wild ... She did a comedy with a young William Holden, "Miss Grant Takes Richmond," before this. But it was this Fuller Brush Girl movie that was used in discussions with CBS for her own TV show, to demonstrate that she could do comedy.

I didn't see Ms. Ball's early films until several years ago, and found that a novelty. She was mostly in drama, only doing comedy toward the end of her early film career, and there were only a few. She did a lot of bit and small parts before moving into leads. It was very interesting to see her in high fashion 40's clothes and hair. She was very glamorous in most of them, often a show girl, then a sophisticated, haughty type. The personality was so different - nothing like her upcoming "Lucy." She was called the "Queen of B pictures," which could be said about some others also. One of the weightier ones was "Lured" with George Sanders and Cedric Hardwicke. She also co-starred with a young Henry Fonda in "The Big Street." They dated for a while. He thought she was gorgeous and she is a very attractive woman. It was when she started doing the comedies that she knew she had found her niche, and the Ricardos started working on the idea of a TV show.

Hers is a hard work, good luck story with a happy ending.
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