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The Bamboo Blonde (1946)

Approved | | Musical, War, Romance | 15 July 1946 (USA)
A beautiful blonde singer who has a one-time fling with an engaged pilot, is confused by his B-29 bomber crew to be his real fiancée, and her image ends up being painted on the nose of their aircraft, for good luck, as the "Bamboo Blonde".


Anthony Mann




Complete credited cast:
Frances Langford ... Louise Anderson
Ralph Edwards ... Eddie Clark
Russell Wade ... Patrick Ransom, Jr.
Iris Adrian ... Montana Jones
Richard Martin ... Jim Wilson
Jane Greer ... Eileen Sawyer
Glen Vernon ... Shorty Parker (as Glenn Vernon)
Paul Harvey ... Patrick Ransom, Sr.
Regina Wallace Regina Wallace ... Mrs. Ransom
Jean Brooks ... Marsha
Tommy Noonan ... Art Department (as Tom Noonan)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Mom


A pilot of a B 29 meets Louise Anderson, a singer in a New York nightclub. He falls in love with her, but he had to leave next day for action in the Pacific. His crew paints her picture on his bomber, the "Bamboo Blonde" and he becomes a hero. His crew sinks a Japanese battleship and shoots down a Japanese fighter wing. A War Bond tour finds the Pilot and his crew back in New York. Where the is trouble between the Bamboo Blone and his Fiancée. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Early in the film, Patrick Ransom, Jr. introduces his parents to a member of his crew. He points to his father and says "this is my mother..." and then to his mother and says "...and dad." See more »


Marsha: After all, Eileen, you didn't even see him off to the airport, and you haven't written to him. Why the sudden interest now?
Eileen Sawyer: How did I know he was gonna' be a hero? He never did anything like that before.
Marsha: You know, he *might* be serious about this blonde.
Eileen Sawyer: "Serious"? When I get through with him, he'll wish he'd never heard of a blonde - bamboo, bleached, or otherwise.
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A Charming Surprise From the Great Noir Director Anthony Mann
8 December 2004 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

I am a great fan of Anthony Mann because of his brilliant and inventive, sometimes scary noirs. I knew he'd directed other types of movies but this is the first (other than his later Westerns and 1950s stuff) I've seen.

This is a very appealing romantic comedy. Frances Langford was no great actress but she had a pretty mezzo. She is a little like Doris Day, it seems, and a little like the great Anita Ellis.

Russell Wade: Why didn't this guy have a major career? He is very good here, as he is in "The Ghost Ship." And I almost didn't recognize Jane Greer as his bitchy society-girl fiancée! She is (as always, except in a 1950s comedy whose name blessedly escapes me) wonderful. She seemed best in noirs, as bad girls with no conscience. Here she is a rich girl with no conscience.

This has the same structure as classic noirs. It is told in flashback. I found the movie appealing from start to finish.

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Release Date:

15 July 1946 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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