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Hollywood From The Vault Double Feature: Cheating Blondes (1933) / Cheers of the Crowd (1935)

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Cheating Blondes (1933, B&W): Pretty factory worker Anne Merrick is trying to resist violation at the hands of her lecherous neighbor when his gun discharges, and he is shot dead. Fearing the electric chair, the terrified girl goes into hiding. She finds shelter with Broadway producer Mike Goldfish, whose hit burlesque revue, has lost its star, Anne's identical twin, Elaine. Anne assumes Elaine's identity and the show continues. But she knows that sooner or later, the police will get wind of her deception. Her boyfriend, reporter Lawson Rolt, frantically works to find his missing paramour, and uncover the evidence that will save her from execution.

Gorgeous Thelma Todd was a schoolteacher and beauty contest winner who went on to become a star for Paramount. She appeared in over a hundred films, most notably the Marx Brothers' comedy classics Horse Feathers (1932) and Duck Soup (1933). The scandalous controversy surrounding her mysterious death in 1935 at the height of her popularity has never been settled. Ruled a suicide by the coroner, claims that she was murdered by gangsters, her millionaire ex-husband Pat DiCicco, or current lover, director Roland West, were hotly debated. Stars Thelma Todd, Ralf Harolde, Inez Courtney, Mae Busch; Directed by Joseph Levering.

Cheers of the Crowd (1935, B&W): Theatrical publicity man Lee Adams comes up with a scheme to draw attention to a dying Broadway production. He hires an old carnival buddy, John Brady, to pretend to find a bag with $10,000 in it on the street and return it to the local police station. The story makes headlines, and soon the theater is packed with throngs wanting to catch a glimpse of 'Honest' John Brady. Unfortunately, 'Honest' John is wanted by the police for fraud, leaving Adams vulnerable to an extortion plot, as he desperately tries to shield his old pal from the authorities and prison. Stars Russell Hopton, Irene Ware and Harry Holman; Directed by Vin Moore.


Product Details

  • Actors: Thelma Todd, Mae Busch, Ralf Harolde, Inez Courtney, Russell Hopton
  • Directors: Joseph Levering, Vin Moore
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BL3TQZ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,249 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Dan Day on March 20, 2013
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This double feature of CHEATING BLONDES/CHEERS OF THE CROWD is from Alpha Home Entertainment, a company that specializes in releasing rare out-of-copyright movies. CHEATING BLONDES(1933) stars beautiful cult icon Thelma Todd, famous for her mysterious death and her many team-ups with just about every famous movie comedian of the 1930s. This is one of Todd's rare non-comedic starring roles, but unfortunately it doesn't show her at her best. But it's not Todd's fault. While trying to look up information about CHEATING BLONDES on the internet, I came across two listed running times: 61 and 66 minutes. Alpha's version clocks in at about 49 minutes. It's obvious the movie has been edited--many scene transitions are pretty jarring, and the story is hard to follow. Thelma Todd actually plays dual roles--twin sisters--and she even gets to sing a song. However, it's hard to judge her performance without seeing the full movie. From the title one would think that CHEATING BLONDES is a exciting example of Pre-Code cinema, but's it's a fairly routine story of one woman hiding from a murder rap by posing as her nightclub-singer twin. The most exciting thing about CHEATING BLONDES is Thelma's picture on the DVD case. Sound and video quality are below-average.

The other feature, CHEERS OF THE CROWD(1935), is even more routine. The story concerns a publicity agent's attempt to bring attention to a fading play. The agent fakes the loss of the theater's payroll, so that it can be found by a "honest" man. CHEERS seems to be a complete cut at about an hour, but it's a slow moving hour. The only interesting member of the CHEERS cast is Irene Ware, who co-starred with Bela Lugosi in CHANDU THE MAGICIAN and THE RAVEN. The sound and picture quality of CHEERS is better than CHEATING BLONDES, but not by much.
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No, it's not the greatest film but for Thelma Todd devotees it's a real treat. Cheating Blondes has been unavailable for decades and was thought lost. Thelma appeared in many features away from the Roach studios but in this film she is the star. She wears some fabulous costumes and you even get the chance to hear her sing.
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I am up to almost anything just to watch an old movie but these were a disappointment. The condition of the picture was bad but I could live with that. What bothered me most was that the movies were very difficult to follow. There must be missing scenes as, after going back thinking I had missed something, it was obvious there were gaps in the story. Also, when I received the movie the case was broken in pieces. The DVD seemed to work okay but have to get something else to store it in.
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