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Slightly Dangerous (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | April 1943 (USA)
Peggy is 21 and bored. She has just been awarded a certificate for starting work on time for 1000 days. She decides that she needs a change so she leaves a note, which is taken to be ... See full summary »


Wesley Ruggles


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Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Peggy Evans aka Carol Burden
Robert Young ... Bob Stuart
Walter Brennan ... Cornelius Burden
May Whitty ... Baba (as Dame May Whitty)
Eugene Pallette ... Durstin
Alan Mowbray ... English Gentleman
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Amanda Roanoke-Brooke
Howard Freeman ... Mr. Quill
Millard Mitchell ... Baldwin
Ward Bond ... Jimmy
Pamela Blake ... Mitzi
Ray Collins ... Snodgrass
Paul Stanton ... Stanhope
O.K. Ford O.K. Ford ... Music Lover


Peggy is 21 and bored. She has just been awarded a certificate for starting work on time for 1000 days. She decides that she needs a change so she leaves a note, which is taken to be suicidal, and heads for New York where she gets a make over. A new outfit, a new look and an freak accident gets her in the paper as a amnesia victim, just because she does not want to be Peggy Evans any more. The paper thinks she may be an heiress so she searches for a few clues from back issues of the paper and finds that Carol Burden was never found. Cornelius Burden, however, has sent dozens of frauds to jail already and she must trick him and Baba to keep out of jail. Next, she must stop her old manager, Bob Stuart, from spilling the beans about her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Careless See more »


Box Office


$918,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Thursday 18 October 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Sunday 21 October 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Seattle Sunday 11 November 1956 on KING (Channel 5), and by Altoona PA Tuesday 20 November 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10) ; in Chicago it first aired 26 December 1956 on WBBM (Channel 2), in New York City 26 January 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in San Francisco 30 December 1957 on KGO (Channel 7), but in Minneapolis it was not viewed until 5 November 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11). See more »


When Bob is talking his sleep, his voice can be heard saying, "I didn't kill her . . . oh, this is awful . . . take that body away", but his lips don't move. See more »


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Makeover for Peggy
11 October 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

The delightful MGM film "Slightly Dangerous" proved to the world the power and star appeal of Lana Turner, who at 21, was at the height of her beauty. The film, directed with great comedic style by Wesley Ruggles, feels as fresh today as when it was released. The excellent quality of the print TCM showed is one of the reasons to enjoy it even more.

"Slightly Dangerous" is a fun film, typical of those wartime years. We are introduced to Peggy Evans. She has been selected for an award of $2.50, in merchandise from the small department store where she works, for her punctuality. Figuring it would take her another three years to earn the $10.00 prize, Peggy, who has quarreled with her new boss, Bob Stuart, decides to try her luck in Manhattan, where she undergoes a make over and goes from a brunette into a ravishingly looking blonde.

Her problems start when she is hit by a bucket of paint in front of one of the daily newspapers. Since her clothes are ruined, and has no proof of identity, the people around her believe she has suffered a temporary memory loss. Thus begins her adventure in the big city in which she pretends to be the lost daughter of a millionaire.

Bob, who has been fired himself, comes to the city trying to locate Peggy after he sees her picture in the newspaper. By now, Peggy has turned into Carol Burden, the daughter of the rich Cornelius Burden. Her troubles start when Bob wants to prove she is Peggy the girl with whom he has fallen in love.

The film is delightful because of the light touch Mr. Green gave the story. Lana Turner was a good comedienne who was perfect in playing the double role of Peggy/Carol. Robert Young was also an actor that was effective in all the comedies he played, as he shows here with his take of Bob. The perfect supporting cast couldn't be better. Walter Brennan, Dame May Witty, Eugene Palette, Ward Bond, Ray Collins, Alan Mowbray.

"Slightly Dangerous" will please everyone because of the magnificent cast in the movie.

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