|Genre: Classics, Comedy, Drama, Romance|
Directed By: Wesley Ruggles
Written By: Charles Lederer, George Oppenheimer
In Theaters: 1 April 1943
On Disc/Streaming: 23 Aug. 2010
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros.
Box office: $2,465,000
Lana Turner as Peggy Evans / “Carol Burden”
Robert Young as Bob Stuart
Walter Brennan as Cornelius Burden
Dame May Whitty as Baba
Eugene Pallette as Durstin
Alan Mowbray as an English gentleman
Florence Bates as Mrs. Amanda Roanoke-Brooke
Howard Freeman as Mr. Quill
Millard Mitchell as Baldwin
Ward Bond as Jimmy
Pamela Blake as Mitzi
Ray Collins as Snodgrass
Emory Parnell as Policeman
“Slightly Dangerous” is a 1943 American romantic comedy film starring Lana Turner and Robert Young.
Peggy Evans (Lana Turner) lives a dull life in Hotchkiss Falls.
She serves soda’s and sundaes.
One day she bets with her co-worker Mitzi, that she can serve a sundae while wearing a blindfold.
She can, but the store manager Bob Stewart (Robert Young) is angry about that.
Peggy decides to leave her job and leave town, leaving a note, but she doesn’t say where she is going.
So everybody thinks she has committed suicide and theyhold Bob responsible for it.
In New York, where Peggy is now, she tries to impersonate Carol Burden, the long lost daughter of a millionaire.
Meanwhile Bob comes to New York and try to clear his name by exposing Peggy as an impostor.
Lana Turner plays Peggy Evans/ Carol Burden.
Lana Turner is great in this movie. Peggy has a lot of spunk, is outspoken and very determined to change her life for the better. I love seeing Lana in this movie. Although her character is less, she is endearing because of her optimistic outlook on life. I like Robert Young too. He looks great and fits well next to Lana Turner.
The major function of this film was to give Lana a chance to step out on her own – without the presence of a Gable or a Tracy or a Taylor for box-office assistance. It was the first Grade-A production the studio built solely around her and tailored to her personality.
Ruggles, the director, and Lana worked well together and “Slightly Dangerous” contains one of the best performances of Lana’s early stardom. Her most effective moment in the film occurs in the scene where she moves with and unhappy desperation through a room full of toys, trying to recognize the one that will establish her identity as the long-lost daughter of a millionaire.
This is also the first film in which she wears important pieces from her own expanding jewelry collection. She wore her own amethyst ring in the scene where she and Robert Young eat hamburgers while dancing.
You can watch the film here.
Lana Turner did a lot of movies. She really loved being a moviestar.
Here are the most important films in which she starred. Just click the links for more info, photos and videos.
20 April 1937: A Star Is Born
9 Oct. 1937: They Won’t Forget
24 Oct. 1937: The Great Garrick
1 Jan. 1938: The Adventures of Marco Polo
22 July 1938: Love Finds Andy Hardy
12 Aug. 1938: Rich Man, Poor Girl
9 Dec. 1938: Dramatic School
28 April 1939: Calling Dr. Kildare
18 Aug. 1939: These Glamour Girls
29 Sept. 1939: Dancing Co-Ed
19 April 1940: Two Girls on Broadway
19 July 1940: We Who Are Young
25 April 1941: Ziegfeld Girl
12 Aug. 1941: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
2 Oct. 1941: Honky Tonk
18 Febr. 1942: Johnny Eager
27 Aug. 1942: Somewhere I’ll Find You
1 April 1943: Slightly Dangerous
19 Aug. 1943: Du Barry Was A Lady
13 Nov. 1943: The Youngest Profession
23 Aug. 1944: Marriage Is a Private Affair
8 March 1945: Keep Your Powder Dry
1 Oct. 1945: Week-End At The Waldorf
2 May 1946: The Postman Always Rings Twice
5 Nov. 1947 : Green Dolphin Street
1 Nov. 1947: Cass Timberlane
29 April 1948: Homecoming
20 Oct. 1948: The Three Musketeers
1 Sept. 1950: A Life Of Her Own
2 March 1951: Mr. Imperium
5 Sept. 1952: The Merry Widow
25 Dec. 1952: The Bad And The Beautiful
25 Aug. 1953: Latin Lovers
1 May 1954: Flame And The Flesh
7 Sept. 1954: Betrayed
13 May 1955: The Prodigal
4 June 1955: Sea Chase
14 Dec. 1955: The Rains Of Ranchipur
12 Jan. 1956: Diane
13 Dec. 1957: Peyton Place
30 Jan. 1958: The Lady Takes A Flyer
2 May 1958: Another Time, Another Place
30 April 1959: Imitation Of Life
23 June 1960: Portrait In Black
19 July 1961: By Love Possessed
2 Nov. 1961: Bachelor In Paradise
25 Dec. 1962: Who’s Got The Action?
24 Febr. 1965: Love Has Many Faces
27 April 1966: Madame X
30 April 1969: The Big Cube
7 Nov. 1974: Persecution
27 Oct. 1976: Bittersweet Love
31 Oct. 1980: Witches Brew
21 May 1982: Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
Sources: Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Lana’s biography “Lana, the Lady, The Legend, The Truth“, “The Films Of Lana Turner” by Lou Valentino and “Lana Turner, The Memories, The Myths and The Movies” by Cheryl Crane.