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A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 14 March 1941 (USA)
Steve is a shy quiet man who is an executive for a shipping firm. He meets Dot at the Opera where she had his seats and the next day she shows up as his temporary secretary. Then Coffee Cup... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Wallace

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Murphy ... Coffee Cup
Lucille Ball ... Dot Duncan
Edmond O'Brien ... Stephen Herrick
Henry Travers ... Abel Martin
Franklin Pangborn ... Pet Shop Owner
George Cleveland ... Pop Duncan
Kathleen Howard ... Jawme Duncan
Marguerite Chapman ... Cecilia Grange
Lloyd Corrigan ... Pigeon Duncan
Mady Correll Mady Correll ... Cora
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Panky
Doodles Weaver ... Eddie
Frank Sully ... Salty
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Grange
Richard Lane ... Recruiting Officer
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Storyline

Steve is a shy quiet man who is an executive for a shipping firm. He meets Dot at the Opera where she had his seats and the next day she shows up as his temporary secretary. Then Coffee Cup comes to town to see Dot, his gal. When Steven is with Cecilia, everything is boring. When he is with Dot and Coffee Cup, everything is exciting and he falls for Dot. But Coffee is getting out of the Navy in a few days and he plans to marry Dot. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Producer HAROLD LLOYD brings you oceans of fun with the goofiest gobs that ever tore a port apart. (Print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Girls and a Gob See more »

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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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Trivia

Maureen O'Hara was initially slated for the female lead. See more »

Goofs

When Pop and Pigeon are playing checkers, Pop is winning. Pigeon gets upset and slaps the board, causing it to fold up. In the next shot of the table, the board is lying flat, and the next it's folded up again. See more »

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Referenced in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played as part of the score at the marriage bureau
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Entertaining comedy featuring a young Lucille Ball, George Murphy and Edmund O'Brien
26 April 2005 | by kenknutson9See all my reviews

A couple of years ago one of our video rental stores went out of business. They sold off their stock. I knew that they had a good selection of movies from the 30's and 40's so I invested in about 20 of them. I just realized last week that I had overlooked viewing some of them. One of these was a 1941 flick called "A Girl, A Guy and a Gob" which I watched this evening. It starred Lucille Ball, George Murphy and Edmund O'Brien and was released in 1941.Much to my surprise it was very entertaining. The Producer was none other than Harold Lloyd of silent film fame. Evidently he produced 2 movies for RKO and they were both successful...don't know why the collaboration did not continue. "A Girl, A Guy and A Gob" has touches of silent film comedy and is also reminiscent in places of "You Can't Take It With You" since it deals with a similar "crazy" family. The principal stars look unbelievably young, especially O'Brien who later in his career became rather heavy. In this movie he looked somewhat like Franchot Tone. George Murphy also looks youthful and even does a bit of dancing although this is not a musical. Lucille Ball restrains herself in her comedy bits and mostly leaves the horseplay to Murphy (the Gob) and a fine cast of supporting players. So if you only like Lucy at her most outrageous you might be a little disappointed, but forget your disappointment because this is really a funny movie. The writing is good and the simple story line makes sense and the characters come through as believable. I attribute this to the involvement of Harold Lloyd who was really a comedy genius. I actually laughed out loud several times, something I don't often do for a Hollywood comedy. Try it, you might like it too.


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