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Blonde Fever (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 5 December 1944 (USA)
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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This Man has....But this woman Cures him! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Delilah quotes William Shakespeare (I): "Who steals my purse steals trash", from "Othello", Act III, Scene 3. See more »

Quotes

Brillon: [looking longingly at Sally] Outside it's spring and life's calling.
Sally Murfin: What is it about me that makes everybody all the time tell me life is calling?
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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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Harmless but dated
22 March 2014 | by wmss-770-394192See all my reviews

I made it a point to watch this film because I read that it was Gloria Grahame's first film and I am a huge Grahame fan. Like most people I am most familiar with her work in the noir genre. I had assumed that "It's a Wonderful Life "was her first film, since that is where she actually garnered her first public attention, but clearly I was wrong. At any rate it wasn't bad for a first effort from her.

Mary Astor is good as the long suffering wife of a philandering husband with a gambling problem as well. Astor always rose above whatever material she was given and here is no exception. This film is lightweight wartime fluff. I would think that most people forgot about it the minute they left the theater.

Marshall Thompson, who is also making his film debut is appropriately goofy and yet charming as the boyfriend competing for the wandering attentions of Ms. Grahame's Sally.

Phillip Dorn is not an actor I'm that familiar with, but he's okay here as the husband , Mr.Donay, with the wandering eye (and lips, hands, etc.).

This is no masterpiece of fine film craftsmanship, but it is harmless if dated, as most women today wouldn't put up with Mr.Donay's nonsense and Ms. Grahame's character would have been looking for another job.

One other thing. People always talk about what a superior studio MGM was, but realistically they put out as much junk as the others. The difference was that they spent a ton of money on their huge musicals and big star vehicles, but their "B" pictures were as crappy as everybody else's.


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