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Don't Bet on Blondes (1935)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  13 July 1935 (USA)
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Gambler and bookmaker "Odds" Owen decides that the insurance racket is a business that offers better odds and less risk, and this appeals to him and he sets up shop. He underwrites anything... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren William ...
Claire Dodd ...
Marilyn Youngblood
Guy Kibbee ...
Col. Jefferson Davis Youngblood
William Gargan ...
Numbers
Vince Barnett ...
Chuck aka 'Brains'
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Philbert O. Slemp
Clay Clement ...
T. Everett Markham
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David Van Dusen
Spencer Charters ...
Doc
Walter Byron ...
Eddie Shubert ...
Steve
Jack Norton ...
J. Mortimer 'Mousy' Slade
Mary Treen ...
Owen's secretary
Maude Eburne ...
Little Ellen Purdy
Herman Bing ...
Prof. Friedrich Wilhelm Gruber
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Gambler and bookmaker "Odds" Owen decides that the insurance racket is a business that offers better odds and less risk, and this appeals to him and he sets up shop. He underwrites anything offered to him, figuring he has a "staff" that can ensure no insurance losses. Colonel Jefferson Davis Youngblood buys a $50,000 policy against his daughter, Marilyn, getting married, as she is his sole support and Colonel Youngblood has an aversion to work of any kind. In order to ensure he will not have to pay off on the insurance policy, "Odds" employs some gents who go out of their way to discourage possible suitors for Miss Youngblood's fair hand. Then "Odds" meets her, falls in love, and now has a big conflict-of-interest problem; Possibly, he can lay the policy off on Lloyds of London? Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HE'D BET ON ANYTHING! (original poster - all caps)

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In preparation for their book, "The Films of Errol Flynn," authors Clifford McCarthy, Rudy Behlmer, and Tony Thomas arranged for a screening of "Don't Bet on Blondes" at Warners. However, the studio's nitrate print was in such bad shape that Warner decided to destroy the print because of its deteriorating, highly flammable state. See more »

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Col. Jefferson Davis Youngblood: Your charm excuses your accidental Northern birth.
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Mr. William's Comedy Capers
12 December 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

DON'T BET ON BLONDES is the lesson New York City's most eccentric insurance broker learns the hard way.

Fast-moving & fun, this is another example of the comedy crime picture that Warner Brothers was so expert at producing. Casts & plots could be shuffled almost endlessly, with very predictable results. While this assembly line approach created few classics, audience enjoyment could usually be assured.

Suave and sophisticated, Warren William dominates this enjoyable little film with his debonair manner and slightly sardonic sense of humor. Playing a topnotch bookie who seamlessly switches to the more legal insurance racket, William is never less than absolutely in command of his performance. His pursuit of lovely Claire Dodd, even though she's the subject of his client's offbeat policy, illustrates his character's single-minded determination to get exactly what he wants. Whether in comedy or drama, Warren William was a most enjoyable actor to watch and it is a shame that he is almost forgotten now.

A sturdy cast of costars gives fine support to William. Cuddly Guy Kibbee plays a Kentucky colonel desperate to retain his daughter's largess. Quick-tempered William Gargan is William's numbers expert, while Spencer Charters is his wise old company doctor. Clay Clement is a somewhat larcenous lawyer who has his eyes on Miss Dodd; Walter Byron portrays a prissy hypochondriac actor. Mary Treen is William's no-nonsense secretary; Hobart Cavanaugh plays a little man anxious to ensure his pregnant wife against having twins.

Look fast for Herman Bing as a man with a dog. A young Errol Flynn, looking earnest & eager, plays a potential suitor for Miss Dodd; he would become a major movie star very shortly. Wonderful Maude Eburne steals her scenes as a champion husband caller from Iowa.

Movie mavens will recognize W. C. Fields' longtime accomplice, Tammany Young, as an uncredited betting tout in the open scene.


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