Obliging Young Lady (1941)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Slapstick  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The studio concocted the film as a showcase for its 9-year-old discovery Joan Carroll, here cast as precocious Bridget Potter. Little Bridget has been willingly "kidnapped" by secretary Linda Norton (Ruth Warrick), who hopes that the girl's disappearance will precipitate a reunion between Bridget's divorcing parents (John Miljan, Marjorie Gateson). Instead, Linda's well-intentioned crime results in a film-length slapstick chase, largely involving two rival newspaper reporters (Eve Arden and Edmond O'Brien). Obliging Young Lady was directed by Richard Wallace, who as a former employee of Hal Roach Studios was well-grounded in this sort of frenetic farce.

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rescue, child, custody, custody-battle, kidnapping, parent, reporter, resort, secretary, victim, youth