Before her career as a television sit-com comedienne took root, Lucille Ball appeared in dozens of movies. All of her roles in the early '30s were bit roles, frequently in musicals, but by 1940, important parts started coming her way, such as a dramatic role in Dorothy Arzner's Dance, Girl, Dance (1940). As the '40s wore on, she appeared in several more dramatic roles, as in Henry Hathaway's The Dark Corner (one of her finest performances). But meanwhile, Hollywood slowly began to understand her considerable talent for comedy. Her subsequent roles were almost always comedies. One of her final dramatic roles was in Douglas Sirk's romantic thriller Lured (1947).
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