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Blonde Fever (1944)

Peter owns a small but upscale café on the road between Reno and Lake Tahoe in Nevada. He is a heavy gambler and his marriage is rocky. Into is life come a waitress named Sally.

Director:

Richard Whorf

Writers:

Patricia Coleman (screen play), Ferenc Molnár (play) (as Ferenc Molnar)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Philip Dorn ... Peter Donay
Mary Astor ... Delilah Donay
Felix Bressart ... Johnny
Gloria Grahame ... Sally Murfin
Marshall Thompson ... Freddie Bilson
Curt Bois ... Brillon
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Talford
Arthur Walsh Arthur Walsh ... Willie
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Married for ten years, Frenchman Peter Donay, a reformed Monte Carlo gambler, and American Delilah Donay own and operate Cafe Donay, an upscale French restaurant outside of Lake Tahoe. Delilah can tell that Peter's mind has been elsewhere of late, which she further knows is due to his infatuation with Sally Murfin, their young, blonde waitress, demonstrating that Peter's pre-marriage womanizing ways are resurfacing. Sally is already engaged to her longtime beau Freddie Bilson, who works at the nearby service station, their engagement which doesn't stop her from flirting with Peter in liking the attention and arguably a large gambling windfall that exposed Peter's gambling habit also as being less than reformed. Beyond the issue of Sally, Peter and Freddie don't much like each other, Peter because of the air of "grease monkey" Freddie gives the restaurant every time he drives up in his beaten up motorcycle. Delilah believes that Freddie and Sally getting married sooner than later will ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blonda faran See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial television broadcasts in Los Angeles Tuesday 28 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) followed by Chicago Tuesday 4 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2) and by Philadelphia Saturday 8 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in Albuquerque 22 July 1957 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Tucson 10 September 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), in Minneapolis 11 November 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Portland OR 14 November 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in New Haven CT 14 December 1957 on WNHC (Channel 18), in Honolulu 24 December 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), and in Seattle 11 February 1958 on KING (Channel 5); its earliest documented telecasts in San Francisco took place 5 May 1963 on KGO (Channel 7) and in New York City 23 May 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Quotes

Delilah Donay: [Peter has just handed her a brandy nightcap] Nice, drinking in a bedroom... gives one a sense of gentle decadence.
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Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
(uncredited)
Music by Gioachino Rossini
[Played when Johnny rides in on his new motorcycle]
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3 December 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Based on a play by Ferenc Molnar, Blonde Fever is a 1944 slapped-together MGM comedy filmed in black and white and starring Philip Dorn, Mary Astor, Gloria Grahame (in her film debut) and Marshall Thompson with a mane of dark hair and looking unbelievably young.

The film concerns the owners of a dude ranch, Peter and Delilah Dornay (Dorn and Astor) and the young woman, Sally, (Grahame) who works there and seems to have come between them. Peter is feeling his age and reaching out to someone younger, and when he wins $40,000 on a lottery ticket, he summons up the courage to declare himself to Sally (whose supposed to be engaged to Freddie (Thompson) and promise her the moon. And she wants it. Then he has to break it to the long-suffering Delilah, who has put him with this flirtation as well as his past gambling debts.

Actually if someone had been back from the war to take the Dorn part, this wouldn't have been half bad. I notice all the reviewers on this site are raving about Grahame, who was wonderful and perfectly cast. For me, though, the star was Astor, whose performance is fabulous.

Someone said this was paid for comedy - Astor played it straight, and it worked beautifully. She's quick volleying lines and when they're coming out of her mouth, you realize the play wasn't badly written.

Unfortunately Astor was past her heyday (according to MGM) having hit the ungodly age of 38 and soon would be playing matrons. Here she's still glamorous and shows what a fine actress she was.

A bit on the down-low for MGM - this is the same type of thing they did to Crawford with "Above Suspicion" - black and white and cheap sets.


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