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Two Smart People

Two Smart People
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jules Dassin
Produced by Ralph Wheelwright
Screenplay by Leslie Charteris
Ethel Hill
Story by Ralph Wheelwright
Allan Kenward
Starring Lucille Ball
John Hodiak
Lloyd Nolan
Music by George Bassman
Cinematography Karl Freund
Editing by Chester W. Schaeffer
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Two Smart People is a 1946 American film directed by Jules Dassin, and starring Lucille Ball and John Hodiak, Lloyd Nolan and Hugo Haas.[1]


Ace Connors is a con man and he's got phony stock certificates hidden in a cookbook. When he tries to sell a bogus oil investment to Dwight Chadwick at a Beverly Hills hotel, Dwight's attractive friend, Ricki Woodner, intervenes with a scam of her own.

Ace is about to go to prison on another rap. He cuts a deal to reduce his sentence by testifying. This doesn't please his former partner in crime, Fly Feletti.

A cop, Bob Simms, is assigned to accompany Ace on the train from Los Angeles to New York. The passengers include Ricki, who is falling for Ace and wants to help, and Fly, who wants Ace not to get to New York.

Along the way, Ace and Ricki manage to get off the train in New Orleans to enjoy Mardi Gras together. He gives her the certificates for safekeeping. Fly makes his move, but Simms is able to beat him to the draw. Ace fears that con artist Ricki has taken it on the lam with his dough, but she turns up in the end, ready to wait for Ace till he's out of Sing Sing.



Critical response

When the film was release the film critic for The New York Times panned the film writing, "Except for a lively and colorful series of Mardi Gras sequences in New Orleans, which are introduced quite late in the picture, Two Smart People is an otherwise dreadfully boring hodgepodge about love and the confidence racket ... John Hodiak and Lucille Ball are the principals and they are painfully defeated by the script at almost every turn. Lloyd Nolan as the patient sleuth fares a little better, however. But in addition to its pedestrian plot, Two Smart People also suffers from lack of competent direction."[2]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TCM Movie Database
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