The Lucille Ball RKO Comedy Collection, Vol. 1 [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Go Chase Yourself
When mild-mannered bank clerk Wilbur Meely (Joe Penner) finds himself stuck in a speeding trailer after a bank robbery gone wrong, he doesn't think the situation could get much worse than it already is. Unbeknownst to him, however, both the police department and his domineering wife Carol (Lucille Ball) think he's the the one who initiated the robbery. Oblivious to the fact that Wilbur has actually been captured by the true theives, Carol (Ball) and the cops head off in hot pursuit. Go Chase Yourself was directed by Edward F. Cline and also features actors June Travis, Richard Lane, Fritz Feld, Tom Kennedy, Granville Bates, and Bradley Page. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Next Time I Marry
The Next Time I Marry stars actress Lucille Ball as an heiress who can only receive her 20 million dollar inheritance by marrying an American citizen. In love with a handsome foreigner, the young heiress marries the first man she comes across--a ditch-digger (James Ellison) whom she intends to divorce immediately after collecting the money. While on their way to Reno for a quickie divorce, however, the bickersome newlyweds realize that they've fallen in love despite themselves. The Next Time I Marry was directed by Garson Kanin and originally aired in 1938. Also featured within the film are actors Lee Bowman, Nancy Fleming, Tony Anthony and Mantan Moreland. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Look Who's Laughing
Several popular radio personalities converge in the RKO Radio "comedy salad" Look Who's Laughing. Taking a vacation from his radio series, ventriloquist Edgar Bergen sets out in his private plane, accompanied by his dummy Charlie McCarthy. Developing engine trouble, Bergen makes a forced landing in the town of Wistful Vista, home of Fibber McGee and Molly (Jim and Marian Jordan). Here he gets mixed up in a municipal dispute between Fibber and Throckmorton Gildersleeve (Harold Peary) over the impending construction of a local aircraft factory. Before the film's multitude of complications can be straightened out, Fibber and Molly find themselves aloft in a runaway plane, while Charlie McCarthy falls in love with a squeaky-voiced little girl (who turns out to be Molly in disguise). Best scene: A disconsolate Charlie getting "wasted" on ice-cream sodas while counterman Sterling Holloway looks on sympathetically. Lucille Ball is largely wasted as Bergen's secretary, while Fibber McGee and Molly's radio announcer Harlow Wilcox shows up in a character bit. A box-office bonanza, Look Who's Laughing spawned an abundance of future screen assignments for Bergen, McCarthy, Fibber, Molly, and "Gildersleeve." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Joe Penner
    Joe Penner - Wilbur Meeley
  • Lucille Ball
    Lucille Ball - Carol Meely
  • Jack Carson
    Jack Carson - Warren Miles
  • June Travis
    June Travis - Judith Daniels
  • Richard Lane
    Richard Lane - Nails

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