Blonde Crazy (1931)

TV-G  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  14 November 1931 (USA)
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Adventures of a cocky con man and his glamorous accomplice.



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Complete credited cast:
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Polly Walters ...
William Burress ...
Col. Bellock
Maude Eburne ...
Mrs. Snyder
Hank - aka Pete


At a midwestern hotel, conniving bellhop Bert Harris has a finger in every pie. He promotes a job for glamorous Ann Roberts, but she does not immediately succumb to his charms. However, Bert soon enlists Ann as partner in his new profession of con man. Most of the victims they fleece are lawbreakers themselves. But Bert is tempted to try actual stealing, and Ann fears it will bring bad luck... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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14 November 1931 (USA)  »

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Gente Esperta  »

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At the start of the movie, a hotel elevator is indicated moving up more than three floors in one second - an impossibly fast speed, even today. Its return down is shown at a more realistic pace. See more »


Bert Harris: If I had the wings of an angel honey, over these prison walls I would fly!
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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »


Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Whistled by James Cagney
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"The Age of Chiseling"
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Bert Harris (James Cagney) is a bellhop at a small town hotel. When a looker (Joan Blondell as Anne Roberts) arrives, he arranges for her employment in the housekeeping department.

Bert is a schemer who is loose with the truth and has a love of the ladies. He says, "The world owes me a living." Despite the fact Bert is "not a collar ad", Anne is intrigued by his persona. But she is a good girl, immune to his advances. Still, they become partners and use a small-time frame to finance their move to a larger city.

Being a fan of films about grifting, I really enjoy this film, which includes multiple examples of the con. The stakes get higher as the story continues. One con is reminiscent of "The Sting".

It is also fun to watch pre-Code films, with their peculiar characteristics and their vernacular. Bert, though a criminal, displays an odd code of ethics that is central to the story, though unacceptable by Hays' standards.

Cagney displays his usual bluster and bravado. Blondell is charming. Watch for the very young Ray Milland.

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