LUCY'S MOVIE GUIDE
The Joy of Living (1938)
(featuring Lucille Ball as Salina)
Irene Dunne plays Maggie, a popular musical-comedy star saddled with a possessive, spendthrift family. Maggie would like to leave the house once in a while and experience "real life," but her parents (Alice Brady, Guy Kibbee), worried that they'll lose their meal ticket, refuse to allow her to do so.
The Prince Charming who rescues Maggie from her folks is ship-owner Dan (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) As a bonus, the footloose and fancy-free Dan teaches the repressed Maggie that "it's fun to be foolish."
Special Notes: The working title of this film was Joy of Loving . According to an Oct 1937 HR news item, John Barrymore was "set" for the lead in the production.