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FULL SYNOPSIS

Hot on the heels of such Red Skelton slapstick comedies as Red Skelton and Red Skelton came The Fuller Brush Girl, starring Lucille Ball in a fascinating dry run for her wacky "Lucy Ricardo" TV character. Unable to hold a job because of her tendency to get into trouble, Sally Elliot (Ball) hires on at the Fuller Brush company as a door-to-door cosmetics salesman. After several misadventures involving obnoxious children and snooty matrons, Sally finds herself in the middle of a murder scheme. With reluctant boyfriend Humphrey (Eddie Albert) in tow, Sally gets mixed up in one hilariously life-threatening situation after another, culminating in a prolonged chase sequence on board a tramp steamer. Highlights include Ball's outrageous striptease scene (to the tune of Rita Hayworth's "Put the Blame on Mame") and a choice cameo by Red Skelton as an all-too-cooperative customer. Most of the sight gags in Fuller Brush Girl were cooked up by former cartoon director Frank Tashlin, who'd also contributed to Frank Tashlin. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Lucille Ball
as Sally Elliot
Eddie Albert
as Humphrey Briggs
Carl Benton Reid
as Christy
Gale Robbins
as Ruby Rawlings
Jeff Donnell
as Jane Bixby
Jerome Cowan
as Harvey Simpson
John Litel
as Mr. Martin
Fred Graham
as Rocky Mitchell
Lee Patrick
as Claire Simpson
Arthur Space
as Inspector Rodgers
Sid Tomack
as Banks, the theatre manager
Billy Vincent
as Punchy
Lorin Raker
as Deval
Lelah Tyler
as Mrs. North
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. East
Isabel Randolph
as Mrs. South
Isabel Withers
as Mrs. Finley
Val Avery
as Burlesque Patron
Gail Bonney
as Baby Sitter
Paul Bryar
as Couple
Paul E. Burns
as Stage Doorman
Cliff Clark
as Ship's Captain
Joseph Crehan
as Captain of Police Boat
John Doucette
Sumner Getchell
as Magazine Salesman
Chuck Hamilton
Myron Healey
as Employee
George Lloyd
as Sea Captain on Dock
Cy Malis
Bud Osborne
as Old Sailor
Joe Palma
as Cop
Joel Robinson
Sid Saylor
as Wardrobe Man
Frank Wilcox
as Roberts
Jean Willes
as Mary
Shirley Whitney
as Dancer
Barbara Pepper
as Woman Watching TV
Red Skelton
as Himself
Joe Palma
as Cop
Red Skelton
as Himself
Cliff Clark
as Ship's Captain
Paul E. Burns
as Stage Doorman
Joseph Crehan
as Captain of Police Boat
Shirley Whitney
as Dancer
Paul Bryar
as Couple
George Lloyd
as Sea Captain on Dock
Barbara Pepper
as Woman Watching TV
Jean Willes
as Mary
Sumner Getchell
as Magazine Salesman
Myron Healey
as Employee
Frank Wilcox
as Roberts
Sid Saylor
as Wardrobe Man
Val Avery
as Burlesque Patron
Bud Osborne
as Old Sailor
Gail Bonney
as Baby Sitter

Crew

Lloyd Bacon
Director
Frank Tashlin
Screenwriter
Charles Lawton
Cinematographer
Heinz Roemheld
Composer (Music Score)
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
William Lyon
Editor
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
Earl Bellamy
First Assistant Director
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