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Blond Cheat (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 17 June 1938 (USA)
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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Joseph Santley

Writers:

Aladar Laszlo (original story) (as Aladar Lazlo), Charles Kaufman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Fontaine ... Julie Evans
Derrick De Marney ... Michael Ashburn (as Derrick deMarney)
Cecil Kellaway ... Rufus Trent
Cecil Cunningham ... Genevieve Trent
Lilian Bond ... Roberta Trent
Robert Coote ... Gilbert Potts
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Paul Douglas
John Sutton ... Fred Percy
Gerald Hamer ... Waiter
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blonde Cheat See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Alternate Versions

The current version shown on Turner Classic Movies is a re-release. The producer and director credits are missing and the order of the cast has been changed. See more »

Soundtracks

The Little Brown Jug
(1869) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Joseph Winner
Sung a cappella by Cecil Kellaway
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A ridiculous plot in many, many ways...
4 May 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Blond Cheat" is a film with a rather dumb plot...and whether or not you can look past this will influence your enjoyment of this piece of fluff.

It begins with a loan officer, Michael (Derrick De Marney), making an insane loan which no sober loan officer on this planet would make. A guy claims he MUST get a loan immediately and for collateral he's offering some earrings which his niece (Joan Fontaine) is wearing. He agrees and the guy runs off...leaving the girl behind. Inexplicably, the earrings won't come off her...so he hangs onto the girl throughout the film! And, throughout the film he keeps her with him so the bank won't be taken! However, carting around this pretty girl is a serious problem...especially since Michael is supposed to be marrying the boss' daughter soon and it's highly unlikely she'll approve of this odd arrangement. What's next and what's really afoot? Watch this movie and find out for yourself...or not.

Does this plot make any sense? Absolutely not. No person would loan money like this and how can earrings be impossible to remove? Despite serious and obvious logical errors, the folks at the studio chose to go ahead with the film anyway!

Despite being very stupid, the film had a certain silly fluffiness that also made it inoffensive and a competent time-passer. Hardly a glowing endorsement...but there you have it.


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