Cheating Blondes (May 1, 1933)
Released on May 1, 1933: A blonde involved in a murder hides from the cops by pretending to be her twin sister, but the reporter that she refused to marry will try to uncover her deceit.
Produced by Larry Darmour
Directed by Joseph Levering
Written by Islin Auster and Lewis R. Foster
The Actors: Thelma Todd (Anne Merrick and Elaine Manners), Ralf Harolde (Lawson Rolt), Inez Courtney (Polly Brown), Milton Wallis (Mike Goldfish), Mae Busch (Mrs. Jenny Carter), Earl McCarthy (Gilbert Frayle), William Humphrey (city editor Jim), Dorothy Gulliver (Lita), Brooks Benedict (Jim Carter), Eddie Fetherston (Mitch), Ben Savage (Ferdie, man who meets Frayle at the boat), Harry Bernard (tenement neighbor), Bobby Burns (tenement neighbor), Gordon De Main (policeman), Edna Murphy (unknown), Bernice Pilot (Elaine's maid Margo), Dorothy Vernon (tenement neighbor)
The Blonde with the Butterfly Legs
My first ever date with a girl was with Susie, a twin. There was a New Year's Eve event planned for the teens of Shanksville and Rick, a fellow about my age that went to my father's church approached me and suggested that we ask Peggy and Susie, twin red-heads about our age, to go to the party with us. I cannot remember how old I was . . . . I think that we all must have been about 15 or 16 years old . . . . maybe 17 . . . . I just don't remember. As I think back to those teen years, it amazes me that until that event I never really thought much about 'girls' . . . . In a small rural town in the mountains of Pennsylvania there were other things to occupy a boy's mind I guess, even in the spring. Anyway, I discovered that even identical twins can be very different. These two girls were so very much alike that no one in the town could tell them apart except their mother . . . . Until I started seeing Susie regularly. Peggy and Susie had such very different and unique personalities, and once I learned Susie's personality, I could tell them apart even from a great distance away . . . . There were subtle differences in the way they stood, the look in their eyes, the way they walked . . . . So many things that no one would notice unless they had been around one or the other enough to appreciate the differences. But while their mother, and now I, could tell at a distance which was which, no one else in town could figure them out.
In this romantic murder adventure . . . . . Yup, romance blended with murder instead of comedy . . . . . Anyway, one blonde sister is a dancer at the Lido lounge with legendary legs, and she is billed as the girl with butterfly legs. The other sister is a worker in a factory punching a time clock every day and barely earning enough to get by. Her next door neighbor Jenny is the abused wife of a drunken man and is sporting a black eye when we first meet her. After she gets some clothes that the black-eyed neighbor ironed for her, the blonde's reporter boyfriend visits and crudely asks her to marry him. When she refuses he vows vengeance – no dame makes a fool out of him! After he leaves, the black-eyed neighbor's drunk husband comes home and spots his blonde neighbor. He opens her unlocked apartment door and begins to try to kiss her and take her. The blonde factory worker starts screaming and struggling . . . . . The apartment neighbors come into the hallway and listen to the struggles and the screams . . . . . They hear a shot being fired inside the apartment. . . . . The cops soon arrive and break down the door . . . . Inside they discover the dead drunk, with his gun on the floor beside him . . . . . And the room is empty . . . . . The blonde factory worker seems to have vanished into the night, never to be seen again . . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Earl McCarthy and Ben Savage
Inez Courtney and Thelma Todd
Mae Busch and Ralf Harolde
Mae Busch and Thelma Todd
Mae Busch and Thelma Todd
Milton Wallis and Thelma Todd
Ralf Harolde and Milton Wallis
Thelma Todd and Dorothy Gulliver
Thelma Todd and Earl McCarthy
Thelma Todd, Milton Wallis and Earl McCarthy
Thelma Todd and Milton Wallis
Thelma Todd and Ralf Harolde
William Humphrey and Ralf Harolde