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Incendiary Blonde (1945)

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The life of boisterous entertainer Texas Guinan is recalled from her poor childhood with a down-on-his-luck father to her reign as the Queen of the Night Clubs. Along the way, she also ... See full summary »

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The life of boisterous entertainer Texas Guinan is recalled from her poor childhood with a down-on-his-luck father to her reign as the Queen of the Night Clubs. Along the way, she also finds romance and heartbreak. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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She was the biggest sucker of them all!


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31 August 1945 (USA)  »

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A Loira Incendiária  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

Performed by Betty Hutton, this film features the standard "Row, Row, Row"(1912), from the appropriately titled Broadway Revue "Hanky Panky", Music by James V. Monaco.Lyrics by William Jerome. It is, a classic example of lyrics with a dual meaning, about a couple 'making out" while rowing. "They would drop both their oars, take a few more encores and then they'd row, row, row". Obviously, not to be confused with the children's song "Row Row Row Your Boat Gently Down The Stream". See more »

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When the film begins, the time is 1909, and Guinan, not yet 20 years old, is still living with her family; actually, by that time, the 25 year old Guinan had already been married and divorced once, the first of three marriages. In the film she never marries. In the film, sometime in the mid-1920's, a doctor diagnoses Guinan as having a heart condition, and gives her, at most, two years to live. In real life, she died of amoebic dysentery in 1933, age 49. See more »

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It Had To Be You
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played during the opening credits and often as background music
Sung by Betty Hutton on New Year's Eve
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Incendiary Blonde-Betty Hutton Lights Up the Screen ****
23 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Absolutely fabulous Betty Hutton vehicle where she portrays the life of Texas Guinan, rodeo queen, actress, Broadway starlet and nightclub entertainer, whose personal life was such a heartbreak. This is definitely one of Hutton's better films and finer performances. It was as if the part were written for her.

She had wonderful support from Arturo de Cordova, a business person falling in with gangsters and who had horrible tragedies with the loves of his life.

Barry Fitzgerald provides some comic relief as her spud investing father who found himself on Broadway instead.

The singing and dancing routines are marvelously staged, but it's Miss Hutton's vehicle all the way. What stamina and true grit she gave to the part.

The picture begins in an interesting way, not often tackled that way by Hollywood. Of course, it works its way back to depict her tragic, but exciting life.


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