Blonde Inspiration (1941)

71-72 mins | Comedy-drama | 7 February 1941

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Producer:

B. P. Fineman

Cinematographers:

Oliver T. Marsh, Sidney Wagner

Editor:

Gene Ruggiero

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Four Cents a Word and Fools Rush In . According to a news item in HR , Lloyd Nolan was to be in the cast. Although Nolan's name also appeared on production charts, he was not in the released film. The news item also noted that actor Albert Dekker was borrowed from Paramount and B. P. "Bernie" Fineman was producing his first film for ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Four Cents a Word and Fools Rush In . According to a news item in HR , Lloyd Nolan was to be in the cast. Although Nolan's name also appeared on production charts, he was not in the released film. The news item also noted that actor Albert Dekker was borrowed from Paramount and B. P. "Bernie" Fineman was producing his first film for M-G-M. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Feb 1941.
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Daily Variety
27 Mar 1941.
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Film Daily
17 Feb 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Nov 40
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Nov 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Nov 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Nov 40
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Mar 41
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
17 Feb 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald
22 Feb 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Jan 41
p. 45.
Variety
29 Feb 1941
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Four Cents a Word by John Cecil Holm (unproduced).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Four Cents a Word
Fools Rush In
Release Date:
7 February 1941
Production Date:
began mid November 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 February 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10248
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
71-72
Length(in feet):
6,499
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6970
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Aspiring novelist Jonathan Briggs, whose book Wagon Tracks to California is his passion, has recently had three stories returned unread by the pulp magazine Smoky Trails . Jonathan is despondent until his kindly uncle, Reginald Mason, tells him to leave him and his overbearing aunt Victoria, barge into the magazine's office and demand that they buy the stories. With a $2,000 loan from Reginald, Jonathan goes to the New York office of publisher Phil Hendricks. Unknown to Jonathan, Hendricks and his partner, "Bittsy" Conway, are on the brink of financial ruin. A large company that wants to buy the magazine will not go through with the deal if the next issues fail, while their printer is demanding payment of a large past due bill and their sole writer, "Dusty" King, has apparently gone on a bender. Their only hope is a three hundred dollar bet on a horse, but even that fails. Although a desperate Phil accepts Jonathan as his new writer, he is soon dropped when Dusty shows up. Jonathan and Phil's secretary-girl friend, Margie Blake, go to lunch and his Jeffersonian ideals so impress her that she urges him to approach Phil again. Because Dusty has meanwhile refused to surrender his stories without pay, Phil takes Jonathan as their new writer when Jonathan offers his own money. They take Jonathan's stories and want his novel as well, but when he refuses to give that up, they take him to the company penthouse and order him to deliver a complete novel the next day. An exhausted Jonathan finishes the manuscript, but to Phil's and Bittsy's chagrin, ... +


Aspiring novelist Jonathan Briggs, whose book Wagon Tracks to California is his passion, has recently had three stories returned unread by the pulp magazine Smoky Trails . Jonathan is despondent until his kindly uncle, Reginald Mason, tells him to leave him and his overbearing aunt Victoria, barge into the magazine's office and demand that they buy the stories. With a $2,000 loan from Reginald, Jonathan goes to the New York office of publisher Phil Hendricks. Unknown to Jonathan, Hendricks and his partner, "Bittsy" Conway, are on the brink of financial ruin. A large company that wants to buy the magazine will not go through with the deal if the next issues fail, while their printer is demanding payment of a large past due bill and their sole writer, "Dusty" King, has apparently gone on a bender. Their only hope is a three hundred dollar bet on a horse, but even that fails. Although a desperate Phil accepts Jonathan as his new writer, he is soon dropped when Dusty shows up. Jonathan and Phil's secretary-girl friend, Margie Blake, go to lunch and his Jeffersonian ideals so impress her that she urges him to approach Phil again. Because Dusty has meanwhile refused to surrender his stories without pay, Phil takes Jonathan as their new writer when Jonathan offers his own money. They take Jonathan's stories and want his novel as well, but when he refuses to give that up, they take him to the company penthouse and order him to deliver a complete novel the next day. An exhausted Jonathan finishes the manuscript, but to Phil's and Bittsy's chagrin, it contains no murders. Now Phil orders Jonathan back to work and tells Margie to take dictation. Using Dusty's "plotter," a device that indicates plot moves at every turn of the wheel, Jonathan is able to finish the novel on time. Two days later, however, he wants to quit because his published stories have Dusty's name on them, but Phil reminds him of his contract and tells him he will get his money back when the magazine is sold. Meanwhile, Reginald needs his money because Victoria is furious, and Dusty, who has secretly been watching Jonathan from the ledge of the penthouse, is furious that his name has been misused. Although Jonathan wants to quit, Margie asks him to stay with Smoky Trails until the sale and secretly forces Phil to sign over one-third interest to him. After the novel is finished, Dusty sneaks into the penthouse and takes the manuscript onto the ledge while Jonathan and Margie are sleeping. Upon awakening, they try to retrieve it, but the pages fall to the ground. Now too exhausted to continue, Jonathan falls asleep and cannot be roused. Phil finds Wagon Tracks to California and decides to print it, over Margie's protests. After writing a note, she then leaves, and Jonathan is awakened by Victoria, who demands that he return the money or pay it back by working for her for five dollars-a-week. Just then Jonathan discovers that the manuscript is missing and thinks Margie has stolen it. He goes to the printer to stop the presses, but destroys the wrong machine and is jailed. Margie visits him in jail and reveals that she has put his name on the novel. As they are confessing their love for each other, C. V. Hutchins, head of the company that wanted to buy Smoky Trails , offers Jonathan a job writing the kind of "sentimental hoakum" at which he excells. Finally realizing that he is a pulp writer and not a great novelist, Jonathan demands four cents-a-word and proposes to Margie. +

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