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Panama Lady (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 12 May 1939 (USA)
A weary dance-hall girl in a Panama saloon hooks up with a rough-and-tumble oil driller, who takes her to his oil-field in the jungle to show her what "real" life is like.

Director:

Jack Hively

Writers:

Michael Kanin (screen play), Garrett Fort (story)
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Complete credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Lucy
Allan Lane ... Dennis McTeague
Steffi Duna ... Cheema
Evelyn Brent ... Lenore
Donald Briggs ... Roy Harmon
Bernadene Hayes ... Pearl
Abner Biberman ... Elisha
William Pawley ... Bartender
Earle Hodgins ... Foreman
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A weary dance-hall girl in a Panama saloon hooks up with a rough-and-tumble oil driller, who takes her to his oil-field in the jungle to show her what "real" life is like.

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panama | oil | jungle | american | stranded | See All (48) »

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An exciting story of romance...painted against the real....not story-book tropics! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Quotes

Lucy: You know what I always say?
McTeague: No.
Lucy: That's right.
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Connections

Remake of Panama Flo (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)
(1823) (uncredited)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Lyrics by John Howard Payne (1823)
Lyrics partially spoken by Abner Biberman
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Not-bad little proto-noir with a hardbitten Lucy
8 May 2000 | by mgmaxSee all my reviews

1940's The Stranger on the Third Floor is usually cited as Hollywood's earliest example of true noir style, but here's a movie from a year earlier that also incorporates a guilt-ridden protagonist with a past, first-person narration, and a flashback structure. Both were probably inspired by the French film Pepe le Moko (1938), but since this is a remake of a 1931 film called Panama Flo, who knows whether they weren't all present in that version as well? In any case, it's quite a decent little B that gives Lucy one of her toughest and most downbeat dramatic parts, on a par with Dance Girl Dance; if you only know her for her later comedy days, it's well worth seeing these early roles to see the kind of realistic blue-collar gal in the Ginger Rogers mode which she played very well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Junglens Hemmelighed See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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