The Bamboo Blonde (1946)

67-68 mins | Comedy-drama | 15 July 1946

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Chicago Lulu. According to a Dec 1943 HR news item, George Sanders was first slated to star in the production. Although some reviewers noted that The Bamboo Blonde marked Frances Langford's return to the screen after a long overseas tour, she had actually appeared in RKO's late 1945 picture Radio Stars on Parade (see below). In addition, the HR review referred to popular radio host Ralph Edwards' performance as a film debut, but his first screen role was in the 1937 picture Manhattan Merry-Go-Round . Some HR production charts list Charles F. Pyke as art director, but his participation in the final film has not been ... More Less

The working title of this film was Chicago Lulu. According to a Dec 1943 HR news item, George Sanders was first slated to star in the production. Although some reviewers noted that The Bamboo Blonde marked Frances Langford's return to the screen after a long overseas tour, she had actually appeared in RKO's late 1945 picture Radio Stars on Parade (see below). In addition, the HR review referred to popular radio host Ralph Edwards' performance as a film debut, but his first screen role was in the 1937 picture Manhattan Merry-Go-Round . Some HR production charts list Charles F. Pyke as art director, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Jun 1946.
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Daily Variety
14 Jun 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Jun 46
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Dec 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Feb 45
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Aug 45
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Sep 45
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Oct 45
p. 20.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 46
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Jun 46
p. 3054.
Variety
19 Jun 46
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vocal arr
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DANCE
Mus numbers created and staged by
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Chicago Lulu" by Wayne Whittaker in The Saturday Evening Post (15 Apr 1944).
SONGS
"Moonlight Over the Islands," "Along About Evenin'," "Good for Nothing but Love" and "Dreaming Out Loud," words and music by Mort Greene and Lew Pollack.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Chicago Lulu
Release Date:
15 July 1946
Production Date:
4 September--early October 1945
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
12 June 1946
Copyright Number:
LP435
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67-68
Length(in feet):
6,079
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11172
SYNOPSIS

Magazine writer Montgomery interviews Eddie Clark, the head of the highly successful Bamboo Blonde company, and questions him about the company's beginnings. The enthusiastic Eddie relates the following story: A few years earlier, just before he is about to be shipped out, new recruit Lieutenant Patrick Ransom, Jr. is sent to Eddie's "off-limits" New York nightclub by his mischievous bomber plane crew. While hiding from the military police, Pat, the son of a wealthy Pennsylvanian, meets singer Louise Anderson and ends up dining with her. Although he is officially engaged to socialite Eileen Sawyer, a snob who has stood him up, Pat is attracted to down-to-earth Louise. Unaware that Pat is rich, Louise insists on paying his way and accompanies him to the airport. Before he and his South Pacific-bound crew board their airplane, Pat playfully demands that Louise take an instant photograph of herself and keeps it as a memento. In Saipan, Pat is kidded by his crew about his "girl friend," but is too embarrassed to admit that he doesn't know her name and plays the role of the silent Lothario. When the usually effective crew then fails to down any enemy planes, they decide to use Louise's photograph as a good-luck charm by painting her likeness on the side of their airplane. The crew's subsequent success in battle draws attention to the portrait, which has been dubbed the "Bamboo Blonde," and back in New York, the ambitious Eddie begins promoting Louise as the real Bamboo Blonde. Although at first hesitant to exploit the situation, Louise eventually goes along with Eddie's plans. Soon, however, Pat and his crew are ordered ... +


Magazine writer Montgomery interviews Eddie Clark, the head of the highly successful Bamboo Blonde company, and questions him about the company's beginnings. The enthusiastic Eddie relates the following story: A few years earlier, just before he is about to be shipped out, new recruit Lieutenant Patrick Ransom, Jr. is sent to Eddie's "off-limits" New York nightclub by his mischievous bomber plane crew. While hiding from the military police, Pat, the son of a wealthy Pennsylvanian, meets singer Louise Anderson and ends up dining with her. Although he is officially engaged to socialite Eileen Sawyer, a snob who has stood him up, Pat is attracted to down-to-earth Louise. Unaware that Pat is rich, Louise insists on paying his way and accompanies him to the airport. Before he and his South Pacific-bound crew board their airplane, Pat playfully demands that Louise take an instant photograph of herself and keeps it as a memento. In Saipan, Pat is kidded by his crew about his "girl friend," but is too embarrassed to admit that he doesn't know her name and plays the role of the silent Lothario. When the usually effective crew then fails to down any enemy planes, they decide to use Louise's photograph as a good-luck charm by painting her likeness on the side of their airplane. The crew's subsequent success in battle draws attention to the portrait, which has been dubbed the "Bamboo Blonde," and back in New York, the ambitious Eddie begins promoting Louise as the real Bamboo Blonde. Although at first hesitant to exploit the situation, Louise eventually goes along with Eddie's plans. Soon, however, Pat and his crew are ordered back to New York to begin a war bond promotion tour. While both Pat and Louise fret about their impending reunion, which is being covered by the press as a national event, Eileen decides to reclaim Pat as her fiancé. After Eileen makes her presence known to Louise at the airport, the chagrined Pat asks the equally embarrassed Louise to continue the "ruse" for the sake of the tour. Depressed by Pat's apparent indifference, Louise seeks comfort at her favorite restaurant. To her delight, Pat soon joins her and reassures her that he is no longer engaged and would like to romance her in earnest. The next night, however, Eileen confronts Louise and tells her she is too low-class for Pat. Eileen then threatens to expose Pat as a cad by announcing their engagement during the bond tour. Although Louise agrees to accompany Pat and the crew on the tour, she avoids Pat out of fear of Eileen. Eventually, however, Pat forces Louise to admit she loves him, and the couple become engaged. When Eileen reads about the engagement, she decides to hold a Bamboo Blonde bond party at her estate. During the party, Louise learns that Pat's parents will not be attending and assumes that they are rejecting her because of her class. Hurt, Louise leaves, but is intercepted at the airport by Pat, who insists on flying her back to New York himself. While flying in a thick fog, Pat pretends to be lost and lands the plane in his own backyard. As Louise eavesdrops outside the Ransoms' front window, Pat's parents inform their son that Eileen never told them about the party. Confident at last that Pat truly loves her, Louise happily reunites with her pilot. +

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