Panama Lady

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Panama Lady
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Directed by Jack Hively
Produced by Cliff Reid
Written by Garrett Fort
Michael Kanin
Starring Lucille Ball
Steffi Duna
Evelyn Brent
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release date
  • May 12, 1939 (1939-05-12)[1]
Country United States
Language English

Panama Lady is a 1939 film starring Lucille Ball.


Panama Lady is a cleaned-up remake of the 1932 Helen Twelvetrees film vehicle Panama Flo. Lucille Ball essays the old Twelvetrees role as Lucy, a nightclub "hostess" stranded in Panama by her ex-lover Roy (Donald Briggs).

Victimized by a shakedown orchestrated by Roy, oil rigger McTeague (Allan Lane) holds Lucy responsible. To avoid landing in jail, Lucy agrees to accompany McTeague to his oil camp as his housekeeper. Assuming she's been brought to this godforsaken spot strictly for illicit purposes, Lucy eventually realizes that McTeague's intentions are honorable: All he wants is his money back, and he expects our heroine to work off the debt on her feet.

Ultimately, Lucy and McTeague fall in love, but not before the scurrilous Roy re-enters her life.



  1. ^ "Panama Lady: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 

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