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Blonde Crazy (1931)

TV-G | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 14 November 1931 (USA)
The adventures of an egoistic con man and his glamorous accomplice.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Kubec Glasmon (story), John Bright (story)
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Cast

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 Burress William Burress ... Col. Bellock
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Snyder
Nat Pendleton ... Hank - aka Pete
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Storyline

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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Jim's back!... with a brand new line!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Larceny Lane See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Late in the movie when Jerry (Russell Hopton) shows Cagney his money-making scam of selling "swastika charms" there is an abrupt edit, probably a close-up of what the charm looked like. Swastikas had been considered good-luck charms until the advent of the Nazis two years after this movie was released, and the edit almost certainly took place between then and 1941 when other war-related edits took place in Hollywood (e.g., anything relating to Italy in The Marx Brothers A Night at the Opera (1935). See more »

Goofs

The W/C (if indeed it is such) in the jewelers room had only a sink in it. Although it is not uncommon even today for hotel rooms to have only sinks in them with a communal W/C on the same floor, it does not make sense for there to be a separate room even partitioned off with a door if it only has a sink in it. See more »

Quotes

Dapper Dan Barker: I don't like to play with strangers; but, you look all right to me.
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Soundtracks

(With You on My Mind, I Find) I Can't Write the Words
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Gerald Marks
Lyrics by Buddy Fields
Played as dance music and sung by an uncredited tenor
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Cagney and Blondell together have such chemistry
7 November 2009 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This is one of those very early talkie/precodes that I wish would come out on DVD. At this point in its history - 1931 - Warner Bros. was the mass producer of urban dramas and films that realistically portrayed the depression. Some of the films Warner made during this time were quite forgettable, and others had something special. This film is one of those special efforts, largely due to the acting skills of Joan Blondell and the great James Cagney and the on-screen chemistry they had. Cagney's character (Bert Harris) starts out as a bellboy in a midwestern hotel who is instantly attracted to Joan Blondell's character (Anne Roberts) when she applies for a job as a hotel maid. Bert wants a career as a confidence man and talks Anne into going into business with him as a partner. They work their way up from that small midwestern town into larger stakes in New York. Along the way Cagney runs into someone who ends up taking him instead of vice versa, Dan Barker, played by Louis Calhern. Calhern always excelled at playing the part of a slippery type, and his performance here is no exception. After settling the score with Dan, Anne wants out of the racket so she can marry a nice young man she has met along the way, and this seems like the end of the film. However, there is one final twist at the end that reunites Anne and Bert in a way that is totally unexpected.

Even though this film was made after Cagney's star-making role in "Public Enemy", he still doesn't have his gangster/wise guy personna down yet. That makes one of the unexpected pleasures of the film seeing how he is still finding his way as far as his trademark gestures go in his later roles. Highly recommended.


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