Too Many Girls (RKO 1940, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz)

Too Many Girls RKO 1940 Lucille Ball

Engaging Rodgers and Hart musical Too Many Girls is directed by Mr. Broadway himself, George Abbott. Heiress Lucille Ball escapes her many suitors by enrolling in a small New Mexico college where the coeds outnumber the men ten to one. Her bodyguards come in handy on the gridiron.

Film debuts for Van Johnson, Desi Arnaz, and Eddie Bracken. Lucy and Desi married soon after production.

Too Many Girls is the film version of a 1939 Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart musical comedy; both play and film were directed by George Abbott, a showbiz legend whose career lasted from 1913 until a few months before his death in 1995 at age 107.

Songs include “Love Never Went to College,” “The Conga,” “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” and “You’re Nearer.”

Cast: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Eddie Bracken, Richard Carlson, Van Johnson

Producer and Director: George Abbott
Producer: Harry E. Edington
Director of Photography: Frank Redman
Editor: William Hamilton
Composers: Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers
Screenwriter: John Twist
Art Director: Van Nest Polglase

USA / RKO / 85 minutes / 1940

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