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Red, Hot and Blue (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 5 September 1949 (USA)
An aspiring actress finds herself in a jam when a gangster, who is backing the show she is in, is found dead in her apartment.

Director:

John Farrow

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Hagar Wilde (screenplay), John Farrow (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Hutton ... Eleanor Collier aka Yum-Yum
Victor Mature ... Danny James
William Demarest ... Charlie Baxter, Press Agent
June Havoc ... Sandra
Jane Nigh ... Angelica Roseanne aka No-No
Frank Loesser ... Hair-do Lempke
William Talman ... Bunny Harris
Art Smith ... Laddie Corwin
Raymond Walburn ... Alex Ryan Creek
Onslow Stevens ... Capt. Allen
Barry Kelley ... Lt. Gorman
Jack Kruschen ... Steve
Joseph Vitale ... Carr
Percy Helton ... Mr. Perkins, Stage manager
Ernö Verebes ... Waiter
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Storyline

Eleanor Collier wants to become a successful actress and agrees to a series of publicity stunts thought up by her press agent, Charley Baxter. The result is trouble and a bad impression. Eleanor quarrels with her boyfriend when he blames her publicity mania for getting her involved in an underworld killing. A gangster kidnaps her for being, unwittingly, the finger woman in the killing, but a Boradway columnist comes to her rescue. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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We've widened the aisles so you can roll in 'em ... at the Years's LAFFIEST, DAFFIEST FUN-SHOW!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Restless Angel See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Julie Adams. She appears in an uncredited role as a starlet. See more »

Goofs

Although the movie was filmed and released in 1949, its copyright date reads MCMXLIV - which is 1944. (MCMXLIX is 1949.) See more »

Soundtracks

HAMLET
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Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Betty Hutton
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She'll have you thinking of "Murder," she will
17 May 2007 | by escheticSee all my reviews

If you don't want to kill the late Betty Hutton (at her over-the-top over-energetic worst here) six minutes into the film, you'll probably have a good time with this Frank Loesser vehicle that disappointingly has no relationship at all to the better known and more tuneful Cole Porter stage show with Ethel Merman. There's nothing here to erase memories of Hutton's hit song "Murder He Says" from her best film, 1943's HAPPY GO LUCKY with Mary Martin.

GUYS AND DOLLS it isn't, but it is fun to see Loesser himself (who wrote the semi-score for Hutton to chew scenery through) turn in a credible acting job as a mobster who just might bump off the always irritating Hutton before her screen roommates quite reasonably get the idea. June Havoc (Gypsy Rose Lee's real life sister) is a bit long in the tooth but excellent as the chief imposed-upon roommate, as is an almost young William Frawley as Hutton's eager agent (years before he became "Uncle Charley" on TV's MY THREE SONS) and co-top billed Victor Mature as the director in the central backstage story who is also a rooming house neighbor and inexplicable boyfriend.

There are only so many twists on the familiar backstage film plot, and this RED, HOT AND BLUE bowwows most of the best from more famous films like 42ND STREET, but John Farrow and Charles Lederer's screenplay makes them almost feel fresh as it bounces pin-ball fashion from point to point.

Look for William Talman (later prosecutor Hamilton Burger on TV's PERRY MASON) and Broadway's Jack Kruschen in a couple of effective small roles.

For me, though, the high point of the film was when Percy Helton's stage manager (looking remarkably like the stage's Harold J. Kennedy) gives a perfect assessment of the star's talent following a number imposed upon him outside the stage door. THAT'S entertainment.


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