Review: ‘Incendiary Blonde’

Incendiary Blonde is sound musical drama based on the life of Broadway's Texas Guinan.

Incendiary Blonde is sound musical drama based on the life of Broadway’s Texas Guinan.

Script picks up the Guinan career in Texas in 1909 when she first joins a Wild West show to aid her financially busted father.

Production injects considerable spectacle into the early Wild West show sequences but gives picture a slower start than necessary. Her switch to Broadway musicals to escape an unhappy love affair and then desertion of the Great White Way for Hollywood are spanned more quickly.

When misunderstandings again chill love, she returns to Broadway and launches her night club career. The part racketeering and kindred Prohibition ailments of the nation played in her life are all shown and these give dramatic wallop and tenseness to the concluding portions of the story.

Incendiary Blonde

Production

Paramount. Director George Marshall; Producer Joseph Sistrom; Screenplay Claude Binyon, Frank Butler; Camera Ray Rennahan; Editor Archie Marshek; Music Robert Emmett Dolan; Art Director Hans Dreier, William Flannery

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1945. Running time: 113 MIN.

With

Betty Hutton Arturo de Cordova Albert Dekker Barry Fitzgerald
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