Blonde Crazy (1931)

73,75 or 78 mins | Comedy-drama | 14 November 1931

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HISTORY

The working title of the film was Larceny Lane, which also was the British release title. Var mentions that this was Joan Blondell's first starring role. According to an ad in FD, Marian Marsh was originally announced for Joan Blondell's role. FD reports different end dates, in one case noting that shooting finished at the end of June and in another, that the film was completed in late July. Modern sources include Dick Cramer (Cabbie), Wade Boteler (Detective), Ray Cooke and Edward Morgan (Bellhops) and Phil Sleeman (Conman) to the cast and credit Perc Westmore with makeup. Modern sources also note that Polly Walters replaced Dorothy Burgess. ...

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The working title of the film was Larceny Lane, which also was the British release title. Var mentions that this was Joan Blondell's first starring role. According to an ad in FD, Marian Marsh was originally announced for Joan Blondell's role. FD reports different end dates, in one case noting that shooting finished at the end of June and in another, that the film was completed in late July. Modern sources include Dick Cramer (Cabbie), Wade Boteler (Detective), Ray Cooke and Edward Morgan (Bellhops) and Phil Sleeman (Conman) to the cast and credit Perc Westmore with makeup. Modern sources also note that Polly Walters replaced Dorothy Burgess.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
20 May 1931
ad p. 9
Film Daily
2 Jun 1931
p. 6
Film Daily
24 Jun 1931
p. 6
Film Daily
21 Jul 1931
p. 7
Film Daily
6 Dec 1931
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jul 1931
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
11 Aug 1931
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
22 Aug 1931
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New York Times
4 Dec 1931
p. 28
Variety
8 Dec 1931
p. 15
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOURCES
SONGS
"When Your Lover Has Gone," music and lyrics by E. A. Swan; "I Can't Write the Words," music and lyrics by Gerald Marks and Buddy Fields; "I'm Just a Fool in Love with You," music and lyrics by Sidney Mitchell, Archie Gottler and George W. Meyer; "Ain't That the Way It Goes?" music and lyrics by Roy Turk and Fred E. Ahlert.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Larceny Lane
Release Date:
14 November 1931
Production Date:
early Jun--8 Jul 1931
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
10 November 1931
LP2632
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73,75 or 78
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Bert Harris, hotel bellhop, likes the looks of Ann Roberts so he arranges for her to get a chambermaid job that has been promised to someone else. Bert has a number of side businesses, including running a craps game, selling bootleg alcohol and blackmailing. After a successful blackmail attempt, Bert and Ann leave town to celebrate. At a more glamorous hotel in another city, Bert meets Dapper Dan Barker, a well-known con man. The two plan a job together, and Bert assumes that he and Dan will be working together. Instead, Dan cons Bert and gets away with $5,000 that belongs to him and Ann. Bert steals a necklace and pawns it to get back Ann's share of the money, and the two leave for New York in search of Dan. On the train, Ann meets Joe Reynolds and falls in love with him. Joe woos Ann with the poems of Robert Browning, and convinced that he is more cultured and more respectable than Bert, she agrees to marry him. Before the marriage, however, Ann thinks up a scheme involving horseracing that takes Dan for the money he stole from them and more. One year later, Ann visits Bert at his hotel. She confesses that Joe has embezzled $30,000 from his firm and is facing jail. Bert agrees to help them out and works out a scheme with Joe. That night when Bert visits Joe's office, Joe is waiting for him with the police and Bert is sent to prison. Ann visits Bert in prison to tell him that she realizes that she has always loved him ...

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Bert Harris, hotel bellhop, likes the looks of Ann Roberts so he arranges for her to get a chambermaid job that has been promised to someone else. Bert has a number of side businesses, including running a craps game, selling bootleg alcohol and blackmailing. After a successful blackmail attempt, Bert and Ann leave town to celebrate. At a more glamorous hotel in another city, Bert meets Dapper Dan Barker, a well-known con man. The two plan a job together, and Bert assumes that he and Dan will be working together. Instead, Dan cons Bert and gets away with $5,000 that belongs to him and Ann. Bert steals a necklace and pawns it to get back Ann's share of the money, and the two leave for New York in search of Dan. On the train, Ann meets Joe Reynolds and falls in love with him. Joe woos Ann with the poems of Robert Browning, and convinced that he is more cultured and more respectable than Bert, she agrees to marry him. Before the marriage, however, Ann thinks up a scheme involving horseracing that takes Dan for the money he stole from them and more. One year later, Ann visits Bert at his hotel. She confesses that Joe has embezzled $30,000 from his firm and is facing jail. Bert agrees to help them out and works out a scheme with Joe. That night when Bert visits Joe's office, Joe is waiting for him with the police and Bert is sent to prison. Ann visits Bert in prison to tell him that she realizes that she has always loved him and will wait for his release.

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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