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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marilyn Youngblood
Col. Jefferson Davis Youngblood
Chuck aka 'Brains'
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Philbert O. Slemp
Clay Clement ...
T. Everett Markham
David Van Dusen
Spencer Charters ...
Walter Byron ...
Eddie Shubert ...
Jack Norton ...
J. Mortimer 'Mousy' Slade
Mary Treen ...
Owen's secretary
Little Ellen Purdy
Prof. Friedrich Wilhelm Gruber


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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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 »


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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Warren William as a bookie turned insurance man
21 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Don't Bet on Blondes" is a short Warners comedy from 1935 starring Warren William, Claire Dodd, Guy Kibbee, William Gargan, and Errol Flynn in an early appearance.

William is a bookie who decides to go legitimate and become an insurance man, but a special kind of one. He's going to take high risk cases, and some of them are real doozies: whether a man will have twins, whether someone will lose her voice, etc.

One case concerns a southern man (Kibbee) who is supported by his daughter. He's writing a book proving that the south won the Civil War and he doesn't want his daughter to marry before he finishes it. It's a high risk because she's a gorgeous showgirl (Dodd) and she's practically engaged already.

William steps in as a distraction. You can guess the rest.

Warren William was all but forgotten before TCM; now he's very familiar to viewers and there's a new appreciation for his work. In silents, he played dark, villainous characters; in sound he could be a con man, a detective, or Perry Mason. He had a wheezing laugh and his line readings often indicated wonderful humor. It's interesting that this type of leading man -- the Barrymore-type profile, the mustache -- went out of style.

This is a fast film, briskly directed, and enjoyable.

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