CastEddie Bracken (Ogden Spencer Trulow III), Veronica Lake (Sally Martin), Albert Dekker (Police Inspector Callahan), Frank Fenton (Mr. Phillips), George Zucco (Dr. Pavel Storasky), Donald MacBride (Mr. Kratz) Release dateNovember 23, 1945 WriterWalter DeLeon, Earl Baldwin, Eddie Moran, George Armstrong (play) Similar moviesRelated George Marshall movies
Hold that blonde 1945
Hold That Blonde is a 1945 film directed by George Marshall. It stars Eddie Bracken and Veronica Lake.
Bracken plays a kleptomaniac who unwittingly becomes involved with a gang of jewel thieves, including Lake, whom he promptly falls in love with, initially unaware of her true occupation.
Eddie Bracken as Ogden Spencer Trulow III
Veronica Lake as Sally Martin
Albert Dekker as Insp Callahan
Frank Fenton as Mr. Phillips
George Zucco as Dr. Paval Storasky
Donald MacBride as Mr. Kratz
Lewis Russell as Henry Carteret
Norma Varden as Mrs. Carteret
Willie Best as Willie
Jack Norton as the drunk
The film was originally known as Good Intentions.
Officially it is a remake of Paths to Paradise, a 1925 silent comedy starring Raymond Griffith, inasmuch as both are based on the same play, Heart of a Thief by Paul Armstrong. However, the storyline was almost entirely reworked , to the extent that the two films have almost nothing in common apart from a few sight gags and a party sequence in which a valuable necklace is the target of the thieves.
The movie was originally offered to Bob Hope, then under contract to Paramount. He refused to do it unless he could make one film per year outside Paramount. The studio refused and Hope was put on suspension. The part was given instead to Eddie Bracken. (Hope and Paramount would eventually resolve their differences and sign a new seven year contract.)
Filming started 20 November 1944. The part was a favorite of Lake's because it represented a change of pace for her ("it's a comedy, rather what Carole Lombard used to do") and she liked working with George Marshall, calling him "splendid... he's lots of fun, acts out the scenes himself," she said.