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Blond Cheat (1938)

 -  Comedy | Music | Romance  -  17 June 1938 (USA)
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Socially prominent Michael Ashburn, is the chief assistant to Rufus Trent, wealthy London loan broker. He has allowed himself to become engaged to the Rufus' daughter, Roberta, the match ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Derrick De Marney ...
Michael Ashburn (as Derrick deMarney)
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Rufus Trent
Cecil Cunningham ...
Genevieve Trent
Lilian Bond ...
Roberta Trent
Robert Coote ...
Gilbert Potts
Olaf Hytten ...
Paul Douglas
John Sutton ...
Fred Percy
Gerald Hamer ...
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Socially prominent Michael Ashburn, is the chief assistant to Rufus Trent, wealthy London loan broker. He has allowed himself to become engaged to the Rufus' daughter, Roberta, the match engineered primarily by socially-ambitious Mrs. Trent. As Michael is closing the shop in the late afternoon, a man named Douglas takes out a large loan, using his niece's (Julie Evans) earring as a deposit. He scurries right off with the money but, to his dismay, Michael finds that the earrings are fastened to Julie's ears and can not be removed. Much to his socially-prominent position he is very disgusted as he must now keep a guard of her. Soon, he finds himself in jail and Julie has his flat keys. Julie spends the night in his flat, and Michael gets out of jail in time to hurry home where Julie is just leaving. His fiancée Roberta shows up, and Roberta isn't thrilled to find another woman leaving Michael's apartment early in the morning, so the engagement is broken. This delights her father. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A HAPPY BLEND OF BLACKMAIL, ROBBERY, TEACHERY AND LOVE! (original poster-all caps)

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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17 June 1938 (USA)  »

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Blonde Cheat  »

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Quotes

Gilbert Potts: Oh, I'm sorry. You don't like being called Mike, do you? Mind if I call you Ashy?
Michael Reginald 'Mike' Ashburn: Not at all, Potty.
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Soundtracks

It Must Be Love
(1938)
Music and Lyrics by Dave Dreyer and Herman Ruby
Played in the musical revue and sung and danced by Joan Fontaine (uncredited) and chorus
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Fontaine during her B-film early phase toiling in forgettable programmers...
22 October 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

At a time when Fontaine's sister had reached overnight stardom in '35's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and CAPTAIN BLOOD, JOAN FONTAINE was in the starlet phase of her early career at RKO. She was very pretty and showed a modest amount of talent, but nobody suspected that in a few short years she would come into her own as an actress.

BLOND CHEAT is a pleasant enough programmer, designed to give Fontaine a chance to shine in a light romantic comedy. She has a role requiring her to be charming and coyly flirtatious with leading man DERRICK DE MARNEY, but the silly script is a bit much for anyone to deal with in credible fashion. Even CECIL KELLAWAY looks a bit foolish.

Fontaine is part of a scheme with a pair of expensive earrings, sent to break up an impending marriage by crafty millionaire CECIL KELLAWAY. Of course we know the marriage plans won't go through as soon as Fontaine and De Marney fall in love.

It's forgettable nonsense like this that kept Fontaine's career in low drive until she found more rewarding roles in the '40s.


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