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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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Cast

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Texas Guinan
Arturo de Córdova ...
Bill Romero Kilgannon (as Arturo de Cordova)
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Cherokee Jim
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Joe Cadden
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Michael 'Mike' Guinan
Mary Philips ...
Bessie Guinan
Bill Goodwin ...
Tim Callahan
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Nick the Greek
Maurice Rocco ...
Maurice Rocco (waiter / pianist)
The Maxellos ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

A Loira Incendiária  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

Filmed in 1943, with an on-screen 1944 copyright statement, but not released until 1945. See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Row, Row, Row
(1912) (uncredited)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by William Jerome
Sung by Betty Hutton at Guinan's
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Unnecessary Blonde
24 February 2010 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Tough to tell where to start with this picture as I was very disappointed. I know Betty Hutton is an acquired taste but I thought supporting performances, music and a good storyline would offset her usual over-the-top star turn.

Production values were excellent and Fox spent plenty of money producing this one. Good support, especially dependable Charlie Ruggles. The male lead, Arturo DeCordoba, was lifeless and uncharismatic, his acting ranging from a pained,crestfallen look to a wan smile. I never thought I would say this let alone write it but Barry Fitzgerald was an annoying presence and spent a lot of his Irish charm in 'Going My Way". I did think the music would be a saving grace as there are many songs listed for this picture, but it was mostly incidental and background. She did sing a few songs in her inimitable style.

But the worst offense was the script which created and telegraphed artificial moments, falling flat in crucial spots and playing to the crowd too often. It is a stem-winder of a family picture for viewers of all ages, and the younger the better, I suppose.

This one is an 8x10 glossy for die-hard Hutton fans, all form and no substance.


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