Don't Bet on Blondes (1935)

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An insurance agent falls for a client's daughter after writing a policy guaranteeing her single status.

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  • Claire Dodd and Warren William in Don't Bet on Blondes (1935)
  • Warren William in Don't Bet on Blondes (1935)
  • William Gargan and Guy Kibbee in Don't Bet on Blondes (1935)
  • Warren William in Don't Bet on Blondes (1935)
  • Claire Dodd and Warren William in Don't Bet on Blondes (1935)
  • Claire Dodd in Don't Bet on Blondes (1935)

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4 May 2016 | MartinHafer
| A totally whacked out plot...but still quite enjoyable AND a chance to see Errol Flynn just before he became BIG!
The fact that this was the last film Errol Flynn made before he became a mega-star is reason enough to watch this movie. Just after completing "Don't Bet on Blondes", he starred in "Captain Blood"-- one of the biggest hits he ever made and which led to one of the fasted rises to stardom in Hollywood history.

Apart from the Flynn angle (and he's only a relatively minor character), the film is still worth seeing--though I'll admit that the plot is incredibly weird and just plain wacky! Warren William stars as 'Odds' Owen, a professional gambler and bookmaker. However, he's tired of taking bets on horse races...especially since races can and are rigged. So he decides to try something similar but a surer! He plans on insuring bizarro things much like Lloyds of London was famous for at the time (such as insuring that actor Ben Turpin's eyes remain crossed)...especially since the odds of ever having to pay off are slim.

One of the crazy policies he takes is NOT one that is so easy...and Odds shouldn't take it but he did. A goofball author (Guy Kibbee) announces he wants a policy AGAINST his daughter marrying during the next three years! But to make sure that Odds doesn't have to pay off, he sets out to interfere with the young lady's love life! In one case, a poor sap (Flynn) is set-up to make it appear as if he's some sort of gangster and eventually Odds decides the best thing to do is just date her himself! What's next? See the film.

Why does this silly plot manage to work? Warren William! He was a wonderful actor and although mostly forgotten today, he was wonderful and often made ordinary films amazing films. While he's not the sleazy jerk he often played so well in earlier films due to the new Production Code, he IS enjoyable to watch...and is still a bit of a jerk...and he played jerks so very well.

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