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The Fuller Brush Girl (1950)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 15 September 1950 (USA)
Scatterbrained Sally Elliott tries to get a job as a Fuller brush girl and desperate for money she borrows her friend's kit without permission and her attempts at selling cosmetics ... See full summary »

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Lloyd Bacon

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Frank Tashlin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Sally Elliot
Eddie Albert ... Humphrey Briggs
Carl Benton Reid ... Mr. Christy
Gale Robbins ... Ruby Rawlings
Jeff Donnell ... Jane Bixby
Jerome Cowan ... Harvey Simpson
John Litel ... Mr. Watkins
Fred Graham ... Rocky Mitchell
Lee Patrick ... Claire Simpson
Arthur Space ... Insp. Rodgers
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Scatterbrained Sally Elliott tries to get a job as a Fuller brush girl and desperate for money she borrows her friend's kit without permission and her attempts at selling cosmetics door-to-door are disastrous. She and her fiance Humphrey get involved in a smuggling scheme and she becomes the prime suspect in first one and then a second murder. She and Humphrey find themselves dodging the police while trying to catch the real killers. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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THE FULLER BRUSH GIRL HAS SOMETHING THE FULLER BRUSH MAN DIDN'T HAVE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Accidenti che ragazza! See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Sally is mistaken for a babysitter and tied up by some children playing Cowboys and Indians, she is rescued by the real babysitter, played by actress Gail Bonney. Two years later, Gail Bonney would play Mrs. Hudson in the I Love Lucy episode "The Amateur Hour," hiring Lucy Riccardo to babysit her twin boys, who would tie Lucy up while playing Cowboys and Indians. See more »

Goofs

When Sally and Humphrey are sprung into the air and hang on the wire you can see the wires that is holding Sally up. See more »

Quotes

Sally Elliot: It only took you a year to finish that correspondence course.
Humphrey Briggs: Yeah, but that was a six month course.
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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

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Ladies of the Chorus
Written by Lester Lee and Allan Roberts
Performed by the chorus line at the burlesque show
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Funny, Funny, Funny!!!
22 November 2000 | by michael-248See all my reviews

This was one of Lucille Ball's last theatrical films prior to the debut of "I Love Lucy", and from the looks of things it was the final primer for her role as Lucy Ricardo. "The Fuller Brush Girl" was filmed in 1950 as a sequel to the very popular "The Fuller Brush Man", which starred Lucille's male counterpart, Red Skelton.

It's the story of a young couple, Sally and Humphrey, who want to get married, buy a house and live happily ever after. But just as they are able to place a down payment on their dream house, Sally causes an electrical fire at the shipping company where she and Humphrey work and loses her job. Undaunted Sally decides to try her hand at door-to-door sales as a Fuller Brush Girl (she actually sells cosmetics, not brushes). Meanwhile back at the shipping company Humphrey is promoted to shipping manager, only he doesn't realize that he is being set-up as the fall guy by a smuggling ring. Through a hilarious set of circumstances the bumbling Fuller Brush Girl and the smuggling ring get mixed-up with each other and all hell breaks loose. In the ensuing tangle, there is murder, talking parrots, police chases, a very funny striptease and some of the funniest sight-gags ever put on film.

The cast includes a very young Eddie Albert as Humphrey, Jeff Donnell as Sally's best friend and a who's Who cast of character actors.

If you are looking for a movie with Lucille Ball at her comical best, this is the one.

As a trivia note, the musical number in the film "Put The Blame On Mame" is the same recording used to dub Rita Hayworth's voice in the film "Gilda".


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