Lucille Ball sparkles in... A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob (1941)
The next day at his office, Stephen is still upset about the opera. His company partner, Abel Martin (Henry Travers), becomes downright giddy when he hears about the purse smacking him on the head. "It must run in the family!" he quips. Stephen is confused until Martin tells him that years ago in Panama, Stephen's mother had hit his father on the head with her purse when they first met. (This may be hinting at the film's outcome...) Stephen brushes it off and orders his secretary, Ms. Comstock, to come in, but he's informed that she just eloped and won't be coming back.
So, another secretary is sent for, and guess who gets the job? Stephen is furious to see Dot, but she's finally able to get him to shut up long enough so she can apologize for last night. She explains that her parents love to listen to the opera, but they never got to see it in person, so for their anniversary she bought them tickets -- well, thought she bought them. Stephen reluctantly gives her the job, and she proves to be very proficient.
Stephen needs to leave in order to make it to dinner with Cecilia, but he's completely charmed by the Duncans. They're so comfortable and loving with everyone, not to mention they know how to have fun. When Dot hears the newborn baby crying, she tells Ivory to play "Happy Birthday" and they all dance and celebrate. Stephen can't leave yet.
CC, Dot, and Stephen walk around the city as Stephen soaks in their easygoing nature. When he's worried that something is wrong with his pants, CC tells him to bend over right in front of a fancy restaurant's window, causing the patrons to stare in horror. Stephen is embarrassed until Dot says "Well, why worry? How does that gent know that you weren't doubled over with appendicitis?" CC: "Did he inquire about you?" Dot: "No, so why worry about him?" Stephen is amazed, but he turns down their invitation to go to a dance hall. He gets in a taxi to leave, but realizes he would much rather join his new friends.
He buys a ticket to get on the dance floor, only to be declared the lucky holder of the 500th ticket for that evening. He's put on a stage and the MC tells him that all their winners have to perform some kind of talent. (Pretty weird requirement, if you ask me.) Stephen says he doesn't have any, so the MC just hands him a saxophone and tells him to play, which he does pretty badly. No one cares, though, and the party continues. They all dance until CC wants to blow the joint and go somewhere else. Dot protests that she has to work tomorrow, to which Stephen replies "Don't worry about that! Make up some silly excuse for your boss! He'll never know!"
CC and Pigeon lug the piano through the streets, with CC excited that he can sell the piano to pay for the wedding. The piano gets away from them, though, and is destroyed by a truck. CC tries to raise money by employing Ed to do his stretching trick again, but he and Pigeon get arrested for inciting a riot. Stephen hears about it and bails the guys out. CC is feeling pretty low by now, so when he shows Stephen a $2 ring he bought in Burma, Stephen pretends like it's very valuable and offers to buy it, knowing that the money will go for Dot's own engagement ring. What a mensch.
CC tells the wedding party that he's going out to buy cigarettes real quick, but once he gets outside to his motorcycle, he tears off the streamers and the "Just Married" sign before he leaves. Soon Pigeon realizes that the groom has bailed; he and CC's sailor friends surmise that maybe CC jilted Dot to go re-enlist. After all, throughout the film, a Navy captain has been rather creepily trying to get CC for his crew, claiming that CC's one of the best gunners he's ever seen. Stephen chases after CC and the men fight about who is going to marry Dot, each encouraging the other to do it. Exasperated, Stephen knocks CC out and loads him in a cab. When it pulls up to the chapel, though, an unconscious Stephen is deposited with a note to Dot:
One funny gag came straight from the 1929 Lloyd film Welcome Danger. When Dot, Stephen, and Coffee Cup are leaving the dance hall, Stephen remembers he left his hat. Earlier in the scene, a woman tried to dance with Stephen, but her flirtations scared
A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob may be a mouthful to say, but it's a joyful and fun comedy. It has an easy charm to it, especially because of its cast. Plus, if you ask me, a Lucille Ball film is not to be missed. A Girl... isn't on YouTube or Netflix unfortunately, but definitely keep your eye out for it on TCM or whatever source you use to watch the classics.