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Obliging Young Lady (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 30 January 1942 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Wallace

Writers:

Frank Ryan (screenplay), Bert Granet (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Carroll ... Bridget Potter
Edmond O'Brien ... 'Red' Reddy 0- aka Prof. Stanley
Ruth Warrick ... Linda Norton
Eve Arden ... 'Space' O'Shea - aka Suwanee Rivers
Robert Smith Robert Smith ... Charles 'Charlie' Baker
Franklin Pangborn ... Prof. Gibney
Marjorie Gateson ... Mira Potter
John Miljan ... George Potter
George Cleveland ... Clarence - Manager of Lake Mohawk Lodge
Luis Alberni ... Riccardi
Charles Lane ... Smith - Private Detective
Fortunio Bonanova ... Chef
Andrew Tombes ... First Train Conductor
Almira Sessions ... Maid at Lake Mohawk Lodge
Pierre Watkin ... John Markham
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Storyline

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. To the same resort comes Red Reddy, a hope-to-be novelist with plans also of furthering a former brief acquaintance with Linda; Charles Baker, Linda's fiancée; a snooping private detective; and Space O'Shea, who hopes to get a story on Bridget and her divorce-seeking parents. The resort is also host to a convention-meeting of a group of bird lovers headed by the prissy Gibney. The mix gives rise to more than a few situations. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Senhorita Amabilidade See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the opening scene, Red Reddy repeats "Heinie Manush" to the rhythm of the motion of the train he's riding and gradually the other passengers begin to repeat it as well. Henry "Heinie" Manush was a major league ballplayer who played for 17 seasons and had retired from baseball at the time this film was made. See more »

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Florence Gill is credited onscreen as "Miss Hollyrod", but it is Nora Cecil who is called by that name. See more »

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'Red' Reddy, aka Professor Stanley: [Chants the name of a baseball player in rhythm of the train in motion - soon picked up by everyone on the train] Heinie Manush-Heinie Manush-Heinie Manush-Heinie Manush...
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Silly comedy gets boorish behavior from every member of the cast...
21 November 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

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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