Red, Hot and Blue (1949)

84 mins | Musical comedy | 25 November 1949

Director:

John Farrow

Producer:

Robert Fellows

Cinematographer:

Daniel L. Fapp

Editor:

Eda Warren

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Franz Bachelin

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were The Broadway Story and The Restless Angel . Although a 1944 HR news item indicates that Paramount purchased the screen rights to the Vinton Freedley musical Red, Hot and Blue , which opened in New York on 29 Oct 1936, only the title was used for this film. Actress Julie Adams made her motion picture debut in the film, billed under her real name, Betty Adams. Composer Frank Loesser also made his acting debut in Red, Hot and Blue . Copyright records indicate that members of the Pasadena Playhouse appeared in the ... More Less

The working titles of this film were The Broadway Story and The Restless Angel . Although a 1944 HR news item indicates that Paramount purchased the screen rights to the Vinton Freedley musical Red, Hot and Blue , which opened in New York on 29 Oct 1936, only the title was used for this film. Actress Julie Adams made her motion picture debut in the film, billed under her real name, Betty Adams. Composer Frank Loesser also made his acting debut in Red, Hot and Blue . Copyright records indicate that members of the Pasadena Playhouse appeared in the film. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
25 Jun 1949.
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Daily Variety
1 Jul 49
p. 3, 7
Film Daily
8 Jul 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
15 May 44
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 48
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jan 49
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jan 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 49
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Mar 49
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Mar 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jul 49
p. 3, 7
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Jul 49
p. 4666.
Variety
6 Jul 49
p. 9.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Betty Adams
Joseph J. Greene
Billy Burt
Harry M. Templeton
Suzanne Ridgeway
Don House
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A John Farrow Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Fill-in photog
Cam op
Asst cam
Stills
Gaffer
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Ed supv
Asst cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
Ward
MUSIC
Orch arr
Mus assoc
DANCE
Specialty numbers staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"I Wake Up," "Now That I Need You," "Hamlet" and "That's Loyalty," music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Broadway Story
The Restless Angel
Release Date:
25 November 1949
Production Date:
mid January--early March 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 November 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2791
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
84
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Aspiring actress Eleanor Collier is taken hostage by gangster Hair-Do Lempke, who demands that she name his boss's killer. Eleanor is unable to name the murderer, but buys time by telling Lempke about her last six months in New York City: Eleanor moves in with fellow actresses No-No and Sandra, both of whom are unnerved by Eleanor's relentless good cheer and clumsiness. Eleanor regularly argues with her boyfriend, theater director Danny James, who is appalled by her shameless desire for fame and fortune without regard for the integrity and quality of a work. Despite Danny's protests, Eleanor's agent Charlie Baxter arranges for her to date Alex Creek, a baseball team owner who regularly finances the careers of starlets. While at a ritzy nightclub with Alex, Eleanor gets drunk and tries to ingratiate herself with various celebrities, including columnist Laddie Corwin and ne'er-do-well Barney Stratum. Eleanor only succeeds in getting a good soaking when Alex's wife unexpectedly appears and indignantly dumps a bucket of ice on her. The next day, Danny's theater group is selected to perform for a prestigious upstate summer stock program, and he and Eleanor celebrate at Perrin's, a restaurant famous for its celebrity clientele. Eleanor catches the eye of gangster Bunny Harris, who is discussing with Laddie and Charlie his plans to produce a play. After Danny leaves, Charlie eagerly introduces Harris to Eleanor, who invites Harris to attend a rehearsal at Danny's theater. Harris is bored by Danny's production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet , which is being performed for the summer stock producers. To spice things up, Eleanor insists that the group perform their "jazzed-up" song-and-dance rendition of ... +


Aspiring actress Eleanor Collier is taken hostage by gangster Hair-Do Lempke, who demands that she name his boss's killer. Eleanor is unable to name the murderer, but buys time by telling Lempke about her last six months in New York City: Eleanor moves in with fellow actresses No-No and Sandra, both of whom are unnerved by Eleanor's relentless good cheer and clumsiness. Eleanor regularly argues with her boyfriend, theater director Danny James, who is appalled by her shameless desire for fame and fortune without regard for the integrity and quality of a work. Despite Danny's protests, Eleanor's agent Charlie Baxter arranges for her to date Alex Creek, a baseball team owner who regularly finances the careers of starlets. While at a ritzy nightclub with Alex, Eleanor gets drunk and tries to ingratiate herself with various celebrities, including columnist Laddie Corwin and ne'er-do-well Barney Stratum. Eleanor only succeeds in getting a good soaking when Alex's wife unexpectedly appears and indignantly dumps a bucket of ice on her. The next day, Danny's theater group is selected to perform for a prestigious upstate summer stock program, and he and Eleanor celebrate at Perrin's, a restaurant famous for its celebrity clientele. Eleanor catches the eye of gangster Bunny Harris, who is discussing with Laddie and Charlie his plans to produce a play. After Danny leaves, Charlie eagerly introduces Harris to Eleanor, who invites Harris to attend a rehearsal at Danny's theater. Harris is bored by Danny's production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet , which is being performed for the summer stock producers. To spice things up, Eleanor insists that the group perform their "jazzed-up" song-and-dance rendition of Hamlet . Afterward, Danny proposes to Eleanor, but she rejects him because she thinks he pities her because the summer stock producers want to replace her with a more famous actress. Later that night, Sandra convinces Eleanor to accept Harris' invitation to read a new script at his apartment. Eleanor regrets her decision once she is alone with Harris, and starts to leave, but Harris reassures her that his interest is strictly business and encourages her to ask Danny to join them. While she is behind Harris' bar making her call, a gangster pushes his way through the open apartment door and shoots Harris in the back. During questioning by police, Eleanor is shocked to learn that Harris was a gangster. Eleanor is then kidnapped by Lempke, but before he takes her from her apartment, she uses her lipstick to draw a cartoon-likeness of the gangster onto the ironing board, with a note reading "They got me, he has a scar and plays piano." No-No, Sandra and Danny start an investigation of their own, and convince Laddie to print Eleanor's drawing in the newspaper. Lempke, meanwhile, puts his toughest thug to work beating a confession out of Eleanor, but she overpowers her oppressor with jiu-jitsu techniques she learned from her Marine brother. Danny, meanwhile, interviews piano tuners across town until one identifies the face as one of his clients in the warehouse district. Based on this clue, Danny drives into a warehouse district and repeatedly honks his distinctive car horn. When Eleanor hears the horn, she starts to sing loudly for the gangsters, and Danny finds her and gains entrance by impersonating the piano tuner. Eleanor and Danny beat the gangsters into submission, and Eleanor then calls Laddie's live television show to report her location, after which Charlie announces that she is to appear with the theater company in the summer stock show. Later, Eleanor, finally seeing eye-to-eye with Danny, proposes marriage. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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