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Blonde Crazy (Warner 1931, James Cagney, Joan Blondell)



James Cagney plays Bert Harris, a bellhop and small-time crook who enlists the help of a voluptuous chambermaid, Anne (Joan Blondell), in an escalating series of swindles on a number bad guys. Louis Calhern’s Dapper Dan Barker may just be their match. Notable for some then-risque sexual innuendo.

Though forever-ascribed with the classic mobster catch-phrase, You dirty rat!,’ James Cagney in fact never said those words. The closest he came was here in Blonde Crazy, where he’s heard to utter ‘Mmm, that dirty, double-crossin’ rat!”

production details
USA | Warner Bros. | 79 minutes | 1931

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Cinematography: Ernest Haller, Sydney Hickox
Editor: Ralph Dawson
Script: John Bright, Kubec Glasmon
Production Design: Esdras Hartley

Charles Lane as Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Nat Pendleton as Hank, a.k.a. Pete
Joan Blondell as Anne Roberts
Guy Kibbee as A. Rupert Johnson, Jr.
Ray Cooke as Jimmy the Bellhop (uncredited)
James Cagney as Bert Harris
Louis Calhern as Dapper Dan Barker
Noel Francis as Helen Wilson
Ray Milland as Joe Reynolds
Polly Walters as Peggy
William Burress as Col. Bellock
Maude Eburne as Mrs. Snyder
Wade Boteler as Detective (uncredited)
Lucille Ward as Prison Matron (uncredited)