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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

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Larceny Lane See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first hustle Bert and Anne do, on Mr Johnson nets them each a 'cool $2500'. That's equal to $41,181.79 in 2018. See more »

Goofs

When Bert is in the car chase, they pass a Three Owl drug store, which was a West Coast chain, despite the scene being set in New York City. Other advertising also points to California: a See's candy store and a neon sign for Motorite motor oil from the Union Oil Co. See more »

Quotes

Ann Roberts: Thanks.
Bert Harris: Bert.
Ann Roberts: Bert?
Bert Harris: Call me Albert, for short.
Ann Roberts: Goodbye, Bertie.
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Soundtracks

I'm Just a Fool in Love with You
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by George W. Meyer
Played when Dan and Anne discuss working together
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This is the Age of Chiselry
13 June 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Bellhop James Cagney and hotel maid Joan Blondell have a lot of ambitions during Depression Era America. They've seen the American dream go belly up on Wall Street, seen lots of people lose everything they have to crooks and chiselers and have decided if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. And Cagney has entitled what he considers the Depression to be, the age of chiselry.

These two are obviously so suited for each other. But for what each considers practical reasons they hook up with other people. Cagney hero worships noted confidence man Louis Calhern and Blondell takes a shine to polished and dapper Ray Milland, a wall street broker. Each becomes quite disillusioned.

This is a good piece of historic Americana, depression era. People like Cagney and Blondell lost a lot of ideals in that period and it rings true even today. Later on Preston Sturges would take some of the same themes in Blonde Crazy and use them in a more comedic way. But this film is still pretty good on its own merits.


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