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Blonde Crazy (1931)

TV-G | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 1 July 2020 (France)
The adventures of an egoistic con man and his glamorous accomplice.


Roy Del Ruth


Kubec Glasmon (story), John Bright (story)




Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Bert Harris
Joan Blondell ... Anne Roberts
Louis Calhern ... Dapper Dan Barker
Noel Francis ... Helen Wilson
Ray Milland ... Joe Reynolds
Guy Kibbee ... A. Rupert Johnson, Jr.
Polly Walters ... Peggy
William Burgess ... Col. Bellock (as William Burress)
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Snyder
Nat Pendleton ... Hank - aka Pete


At a midwestern hotel, conniving bellhop Bert Harris has a finger in every pie. He promotes a job for glamorous Ann Roberts, but she does not immediately succumb to his charms. However, Bert soon enlists Ann as partner in his new profession of con man. Most of the victims they fleece are lawbreakers themselves. But Bert is tempted to try actual stealing, and Ann fears it will bring bad luck... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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JAMES CAGNEY puts a new kind of pep in the old kind of fun in "BLONDE CRAZY" (Print Ad-Albany Times-Union, ((Albany NY)) 24 November 1931) See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


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One of the racehorses names is Mile Away. Mileaway was the name of James Cagney's character in his second of two pre-fame co-starring roles in 'The Doorway to Heaven' starring Lew Ayres. See more »


Twice the con man/driver is shown calling to get the horse race winners from a phone booth. However the phone booth both times is exactly the same although it is supposed to be in different locations. See more »


Ann Roberts: Oh, Bert, sometimes you act like a kid. You lie and you pout and you won't give in.
Bert Harris: Who's lying?
Ann Roberts: You are! But, that's all right. I'll pretend to believe ya, Skippy.
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Ain't That the Way It Goes
(1931) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Roy Turk
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Played when Anne and Bert first meet Dan and Helen
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This is the Age of Chiselry
13 June 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Bellhop James Cagney and hotel maid Joan Blondell have a lot of ambitions during Depression Era America. They've seen the American dream go belly up on Wall Street, seen lots of people lose everything they have to crooks and chiselers and have decided if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. And Cagney has entitled what he considers the Depression to be, the age of chiselry.

These two are obviously so suited for each other. But for what each considers practical reasons they hook up with other people. Cagney hero worships noted confidence man Louis Calhern and Blondell takes a shine to polished and dapper Ray Milland, a wall street broker. Each becomes quite disillusioned.

This is a good piece of historic Americana, depression era. People like Cagney and Blondell lost a lot of ideals in that period and it rings true even today. Later on Preston Sturges would take some of the same themes in Blonde Crazy and use them in a more comedic way. But this film is still pretty good on its own merits.

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1 July 2020 (France) See more »

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Larceny Lane See more »

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