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Don't Bet on Blondes (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 13 July 1935 (USA)
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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Marilyn Youngblood
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Col. Jefferson Davis Youngblood
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Chuck aka 'Brains'
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David Van Dusen
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J. Mortimer 'Mousy' Slade
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Owen's secretary
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Little Ellen Purdy
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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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Comedy | Romance

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At the shoeshine stand, in the background can be seen an advertising poster for "Roya Engal" cigars. That is a real poster for a real product - Royal Bengals cigars - with three letters obviously painted over. Possibly an early product placement deal that fell through at the last minute. The cigars were actually cigarillos (aka cheroots) and sold in packs of ten for fifteen cents at the time of this film - which can be seen on the poster (the equivalent of $2.61 in 2016). See more »

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Col. Jefferson Davis Youngblood: Your charm excuses your accidental Northern birth.
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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Variations in the score when an engagement is announced
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Snappy Warren William Comedy
22 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

has bookie William going legit and becoming a high-risk insurer a la Lloyds of London. He and his gang insure all sorts of hair-brained things, such as whether a man (Hobart Cavanaugh) will have twins, whether a husband-caller (Maude Eburne) will lose her voice, etc. But William gets involved in another scheme involving the marriage of a showgirl (Claire Dodd) and the nutty book her father (Guy Kibbee) wants to write. Warners comedy has the usual snappy dialog and the underrated and sadly forgotten Warren William takes great advantage of every line. He had a wonderful, leering kind of comic delivery that made him one of a kind. Mary Treen, Vince Barnet, Herman Bing and, Erool Flynn, in his first substantial part in an American movie, help make this one fun.


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