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Panama Lady

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Panama Lady
Directed byJack Hively
Written byGarrett Fort
Michael Kanin
Produced byCliff Reid
StarringLucille Ball
Steffi Duna
Evelyn Brent
Music byRoy Webb
Release date
  • May 12, 1939 (1939-05-12)[1]
CountryUnited States
Allan Lane and Lucille Ball

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 tavern owner Lenore, 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 that she has 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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