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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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Storyline

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

Performed by Betty Hutton, this film features the standard "Row, Row, Row"(1912), from the appropriately titled Broadway Revue "Hanky Panky", Music by James V. Monaco.Lyrics by William Jerome. It is, a classic example of lyrics with a dual meaning, about a couple 'making out" while rowing. "They would drop both their oars, take a few more encores and then they'd row, row, row". Obviously, not to be confused with the children's song "Row Row Row Your Boat Gently Down The Stream". 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

The Darktown Strutters' Ball
(1917) (uncredited)
Written by Shelton Brooks
Played on piano, sung and danced to by Maurice Rocco at Guinan's
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Incendiary Betty Hutton
1 June 2007 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Gorgeous Technicolor bio of Texas Guinan is a lot of hooey but offers Betty Hutton a great role, and she's spectacular... one of her very best performances.

The films shows the rise of Guinan, a famous silent film and Broadway star of the teens and 20s, from her rise in a wild west show, through her various careers and through her failed romances. Guinan was famous for her greeting of "Hello, suckers!" and was a major "personality" of her time. Guinan's best-remembered film is Broadway THROUGH A KEYHOLE.

Hutton captures the quirky Guinan perfectly and gets to sing and dance, ride a horse, act in silent films, emote, and look absolutely fabulous. Hutton also gets to wear some spectacular gowns. The sets and costumes are excellent throughout.

Arturo de Cordova co-stars as the love interest. Also Charlie Ruggles, Barry Fitzgerald, Mary Philips, Eduardo Ciannelli, Maurice Rocco (ecellent) as the waiter/pianist, Bill Goodwin as the husband, Bess Flowers, Albert Dekker, Frank Faylen, Jane Jones, etc.

But Hutton is front and center here and you can't take your eyes off her. This film ranks with TH PERILS OF PAULINE, THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK,and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN as among the best Betty Hutton films.


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