GenreDrama, Romance Running time1h 5m CountryUnited States
WriterGarrett Fort, Michael Kanin Release dateMay 12, 1939 ScreenplayGarrett Fort, Michael Kanin GenresDrama, Romance Film, Romantic comedy CastLucille Ball (Lucy), Allan Lane (McTeague), Steffi Duna (Cheema), Evelyn Brent (Lenore), Donald Briggs (Roy) Similar moviesAvatar, The World Is Not Enough, The Jungle Book, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Salt, Full Metal Jacket
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.