Her Husband’s Affair
(1947) Not Rated B and W
Lucille Ball, Franchot Tone

Unable to keep her nose out of his affairs, Margaret Weldon is always trying to help her ad-man husband, Bill. Inspired by previous success, the meddling Margaret dives in to help when an eccentric crackpot inventor seeks Bill’s help in promoting a miracle embalming fluid. But when the invention actually turns out to be a hair remover, the ensuing chaos leaves Margaret and Bill scrambling.
Miss Grant Takes Richmond
(1949) Not Rated B and W
Lucille Ball, William Holden

Dick Richmond is a sharp bookmaker whose unproductive real estate office is a cover for his gambling operation. Unaware of his real line of work, eager but incompetent Ellen Grant signs on as Dick’s secretary and presses him into a building project to ease the post-war housing shortage. Dick siphons the cash from unsuspecting homebuyers to pay his debts to a big-time syndicate, leaving his ditzy secretary charged with embezzlement. Now, Dick must choose between the easy, grifting lifestyle or saving his secretary’s hide!
The Fuller Brush Girl
(1950) Not Rated B and W
Lucille Ball, Eddie Albert

Faced with the reality that their dream home is just out of reach, young lovers Humphrey and Sally Elliot decide that her opportunity lies in door-to-door cosmetics sales. But when the bumbling Sally stumbles upon a murder in progress, she becomes the number one suspect. In fleeing the police, Sally and Humphrey attempt to track down the real killers and find themselves in one comic mix-up after another.
The Magic Carpet
(1951) Not Rated Color
Lucille Ball, John Agar

In the post-war years, Arabian fantasies were incredibly popular: Here, cast as a villainess, Lucille Ball is Narah, the daughter of Ali, pretender to the throne and royal assassin. The true heir, played by John Agar, smuggled away on a magic carpet when just a baby, grows up under an assumed name until he is old enough to claim his place alongside his beautiful love, Lida.


“First Lady of Comedy” is an effort to piece together four early Lucille Ball films. I appreciate the efforts made to look at the comedian’s career before she hit it big on TV. That being said, I still wish that SONY would invest in HD prints for these films. They are classic slices of Americana that deserve the best releases possible.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for an older compilation. The transfer is sharp enough. The same goes for the Dolby track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.


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