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Incendiary Blonde (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Musical | 31 August 1945 (USA)
The life of boisterous entertainer Texas Guinan is recalled from her poor childhood with a down-on-his-luck father to her reign as the Queen of the Night Clubs. Along the way, she also ... See full summary »

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Claude Binyon (screenplay), Frank Butler (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Hutton ... Texas Guinan
Arturo de Córdova ... Bill Romero Kilgannon (as Arturo de Cordova)
Charles Ruggles ... Cherokee Jim
Albert Dekker ... Joe Cadden
Barry Fitzgerald ... Michael 'Mike' Guinan
Mary Philips ... Bessie Guinan
Bill Goodwin ... Tim Callahan
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Nick the Greek
Maurice Rocco ... Maurice Rocco (waiter / pianist)
The Maxellos The Maxellos ... Acrobatic Ensemble
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The life of boisterous entertainer Texas Guinan is recalled from her poor childhood with a down-on-his-luck father to her reign as the Queen of the Night Clubs. Along the way, she also finds romance and heartbreak. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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She was the biggest sucker of them all!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Incendiary Blonde See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The speakeasy Texas Guinan ran in New York was called The Rendezvous. See more »

Goofs

In the close-up of Texas on her white horse twirling a lariat, the rope is clearly an animation and not a real lariat. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Here's Lucy: Lucy, the Cement Worker (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey (I Never Knew Any Girl Like You)
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Junie McCree
Played as background music at Guinan's
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for Betty Hutton fans
25 May 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

If you like Betty Hutton, you'll like "Incendiary Blonde," the story of Texas Guinan, made in 1945.

The story of the famous owner of the 300 Club (one of several she owned or co-owned), a speakeasy, at 151 W. 54th Street in New York City, is perfect for Hutton. Texas was a larger than life figure who started out as a chorus girl, appeared in silent films, and became most famous for being hostess of her club, which was patronized by people such as George Gershwin, Pola Negri, Mae West, Jeanne Eagels, Gloria Swanson, John Gilbert, Clara Bow, Gloria Morgan (Gloria Vanderbilt's mother) and many others.

Though constantly being raided by the police, she pulled in a fortune. She died of ulcerative colitis at the age of 49 in Vancouver, while on tour with her show, Too Hot for Paris, though the film doesn't end with her death or go into her tour.

I suspect the film is highly fictionalized, as it leaves out her three husbands, instead concentrating on an affair with Bill Kilgannon (Arturo de Cordova) who was married to a woman in a sanitarium and wasn't free.

Betty Hutton wears a series of gorgeous costumes and is able to use her big belt voice in songs like "Row, Row, Row," "It Had to Be You," and "Ragtime Cowboy Joe." She captures the essence of what Guinan must have been like: a huge personality, brassy, and glamorous.

Others in the cast include Barry Fitzgerald as Tex's father, Mary Philips as her mother (both her parents outlived her, and her mother died at 101), Charlie Ruggles, and Albert Dekker.

The end is a little unsatisfactory and may have been an alternate ending.

All in all, Hutton makes the movie, which is otherwise not much.


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