A Girl, a Guy and a Gob (1940)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Release Date - Mar 4, 1941 (USA)  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

While there's nothing in A Girl, A Guy and A Gob that makes it one for the ages, it is still a thoroughly enjoyable little comedy. Make no mistake: this is no classic. But it is the kind of film that one stumbles across and decides to watch for a few minutes, ultimately staying with it for the duration because it's such an amiable way to pass a little time. Presumably, a great deal of credit goes to producer Harold Lloyd, for the film has a touch of comedic professionalism from start to finish. It's not genius, except in the sense that Lloyd knows how to handle average, run-of-the-mill material and make it percolate peppily, but it's skillful. The story, which takes a little from You Can't Tale It With You and a lot from numerous other films, is so much nonsense. But the characters are likeable and fun to be with, which is important. Lucille Ball is operating in a semi-restrained mode, which may disappoint some, but she's doing exactly what the part calls for. George Murphy is excellent as the Gob in question, and Edmond O'Brien is fine as the Guy. The supporting cast, including Doodles Weaver and Henry Travers, also adds to the enjoyment factor.