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Claire Dodd ...
Marilyn Youngblood
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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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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 »

Quotes

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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Decent
27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Don't Bet on Blondes (1935)

** (out of 4)

Robert Florey (Murders in the Rue Morgue) directed this comedy about a bookie (Warren William) who decides to go straight by becoming an insurance man who sells claims to freaks. William is good as usual and there's a young Errol Flynn in his second role but director Florey does very little with the material and things get really dry before we even hit the 30-minute mark. There are very few laughs to be found and all the romantic side story are pretty boring and don't lead to any real excitement.


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