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Blonde Crazy (14-Nov-1931)

Director: Roy Del Ruth

Writers: John Bright; Kubec Glasmon

Keywords: Crime/Comedy

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Joan Blondell
30-Aug-1906 25-Dec-1979 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
James Cagney
17-Jul-1899 30-Mar-1986 New York tough guy
Louis Calhern
19-Feb-1895 12-May-1956 Duck Soup
Guy Kibbee
6-Mar-1882 24-May-1956 Captain January
Ray Milland
3-Jan-1907 10-Mar-1986 The Lost Weekend
Nat Pendleton
9-Aug-1895 12-Oct-1967 At the Circus


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   ...   Col. Bellock
Maude Eburne   ...   Mrs. Snyder
Nat Pendleton   ...   Hank ("Pete")


Review by Vicki Hall (posted on 30-Sep-2005)

This delightful and clever story made a great film to showcase the talents of James Cagney and Joan Blondell. Cagney plays Burt Harris, a wanabee con-man who snags a job for Joan Blondell (Anne Roberts) at the hotel he works at. Anne gradually develops feelings for Burt, whose first love is the almighty dollar and cannot fully reciprocate. They become partners in petty-larceny, and after an inside sting operation that leaves Burt broke, they embark on a trip to New York to settle the score. On the train, Anne meets and falls for Joe Reynolds (Ray Milland), not knowing that he understands larceny with a capital L. Anne helps Burt even the score against Dapper Dan (Louis Calhern) and then marries Joe. Now the love triangle is tested to the limit as Anne finds out the extent of Joe's criminal activity. The rest is pure Cagney as he attempts to rescue his partner, and come to terms with his own feelings for her.

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