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Petticoat Larceny (1943)

Approved | | Comedy | 17 July 1943 (USA)
An 11 year old radio star decides to throw in her scripts and go undercover to get a better feel for her roles, but when she is kidnapped, trouble soon follows in this comedy.

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Ben Holmes

Writers:

Jack Townley (screenplay), Stuart Palmer (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ruth Warrick ... Pat Mitchell
Joan Carroll ... Joan Mitchell / Small Change
Walter Reed ... Bill Morgan
Wally Brown ... Sam Colfax
Tom Kennedy ... Pinky
Jimmy Conlin ... Jitters
Vince Barnett ... Stogie
Paul Guilfoyle ... Joe 'Tinhorn' Foster
Grant Withers ... Detective Hogan
Earle S. Dewey Earle S. Dewey ... Mr. J.C. Crandall (as Earl Dewey)
Charles Coleman ... Higgins the Butler
Cliff Clark ... Lieutenant Hackett
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An 11 year old radio star decides to throw in her scripts and go undercover to get a better feel for her roles, but when she is kidnapped, trouble soon follows in this comedy.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Garota Caprichosa 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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Two cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Hal Melone (Page Boy) and Dick Baron (Newsboy). James Dunn was listed in a contemporary news item as a cast member, but he also was not seen in the movie. See more »

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Joan left home the night after her Friday radio show, coincidentally the same day that Bill suggested she mysteriously disappear for a publicity boost. The next morning, Mr. Crandall tells Lt. Hackett that Bill floated his publicity idea "the day before yesterday" which would have been Thursday, not Friday. See more »

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Some Kind of 11-year Old
21 September 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Lively little wartime comedy from RKO. Seems 11-year old radio star Joan Mitchell's (Carroll) crime program is slipping in ratings, (Catch how ratings are tabulated). So she decides more authentic dialog is needed and goes undercover among three inept Runyonesque characters to gather tips. Naturally misadventure follows, especially when serious crooks enter the picture.

The movie depends on fine little actress Carroll to carry the hour, and she delivers, in spades. Hers is a 30-year old brain in a 10-year old body. More importantly, Carroll's occasionally cute without being cloying. But her shtick is mainly coming across like an adult. Warrick may get top billing, but pretty much drops out about a-third of the way through. Likely she was added for marquee value. Anyway, likable oaf Pinky (Kennedy) adds a lot of character color as one of the "criminals", along with movie vets Barnett and Conlin. Looks to me like this was just the sort of escapism wartime audiences were looking for. Too bad Carroll retired soon after. Still, considering the pitfalls plaguing Hollywood's young performers, maybe it was the wise thing to do.

Good also to see an old radio studio with actors at the ready. Plus, there're the old cabinet radios, at a time when folks gathered around sound speakers and used imagination to provide visuals-- TV did come at a cost. Nonetheless, the programmer's still an amusing hour of Hollywood hokum.


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