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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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Claire Dodd ...
Marilyn Youngblood
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Col. Jefferson Davis Youngblood
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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
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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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Comedy | Romance

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13 July 1935 (USA)  »

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Not on Your Life  »

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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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My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!
(1853) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played on a record in Youngblood's home
Reprised as background music
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A totally whacked out plot...but still quite enjoyable AND a chance to see Errol Flynn just before he became BIG!
4 May 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The fact that this was the last film Errol Flynn made before he became a mega-star is reason enough to watch this movie. Just after completing "Don't Bet on Blondes", he starred in "Captain Blood"-- one of the biggest hits he ever made and which led to one of the fasted rises to stardom in Hollywood history.

Apart from the Flynn angle (and he's only a relatively minor character), the film is still worth seeing--though I'll admit that the plot is incredibly weird and just plain wacky! Warren William stars as 'Odds' Owen, a professional gambler and bookmaker. However, he's tired of taking bets on horse races...especially since races can and are rigged. So he decides to try something similar but a surer thing...insurance! He plans on insuring bizarro things much like Lloyds of London was famous for at the time (such as insuring that actor Ben Turpin's eyes remain crossed)...especially since the odds of ever having to pay off are slim.

One of the crazy policies he takes is NOT one that is so easy...and Odds shouldn't take it but he did. A goofball author (Guy Kibbee) announces he wants a policy AGAINST his daughter marrying during the next three years! But to make sure that Odds doesn't have to pay off, he sets out to interfere with the young lady's love life! In one case, a poor sap (Flynn) is set-up to make it appear as if he's some sort of gangster and eventually Odds decides the best thing to do is just date her himself! What's next? See the film.

Why does this silly plot manage to work? Warren William! He was a wonderful actor and although mostly forgotten today, he was wonderful and often made ordinary films amazing films. While he's not the sleazy jerk he often played so well in earlier films due to the new Production Code, he IS enjoyable to watch...and is still a bit of a jerk...and he played jerks so very well.


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