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Director  John Farrow
Music director  Frank Loesser
Country  United States
6.1/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Crime, Musical
Producer  Robert Fellows
Language  English
Red, Hot and Blue (film) movie poster
Writer  Charles Lederer, Hagar Wilde
Release date  September 5, 1949 (1949-09-05)
Cast  Betty Hutton (Eleanor Collier aka Yum-Yum), Victor Mature (Danny James), William Demarest (Charlie Baxter, Press Agent), June Havoc (Sandra), Jane Nigh (Angelica Roseanne aka No-No)
Similar movies  Birdman, Frozen, Pitch Perfect 2, Into the Woods, Aladdin, Tangled
Tagline  We've widened the aisles so you can roll in 'em ... at the Years's LAFFIEST, DAFFIEST FUN-SHOW!

Red hot and blue 1949

Red, Hot and Blue is a 1949 musical comedy film starring Betty Hutton as an actress who gets mixed up with gangsters and murder. Frank Loesser wrote the songs and also acted in the film.


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The film has no connection to Cole Porter's play of the same name.

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Hair-Do Lempke snatches actress Eleanor Collier, believing her to be a witness to the murder of his gangster boss. Eleanor tells him her story.

While rooming with girlfriends Sandra and No-No and desperately trying to become a star, Eleanor resists the marriage proposals of theater director Danny James, her boyfriend. Her agent Charlie Baxter sets her up on a date with wealthy Alex Creek, who owns a baseball team and occasionally sponsors the careers of starlets. Alex's wife objects, dumping water on Eleanor.

A bigshot, Bunny Harris, is introduced to Eleanor and might help her career. While in his apartment, though, Bunny is gunned down and Eleanor learns from Hair-Do to her surprise that Bunny was a crook. She holds the bad guys at bay until Danny rides to the rescue.


  • Betty Hutton as Eleanor Collier
  • Victor Mature as Danny James
  • William Demarest as Charlie Baxter
  • June Havoc as Sandra
  • Jane Nigh as Angelica Roseanne
  • Frank Loesser as Hair-do Lempke
  • William Talman as Bunny Harris
  • Art Smith as Laddie Corwin
  • Raymond Walburn as Alex Ryan Creek
  • Onslow Stevens as Captain Allen
  • Barry Kelley as Lieutenant Gorman
  • Jack Kruschen as Steve
  • Joseph Vitale as Carr
  • Percy Helton as Mr. Perkins
  • Ernö Verebes as Waiter
  • Philip Van Zandt as Louie
  • Henry Guttman as Frankie
  • Don Shelton as Hamlet
  • Herschel Daugherty as Laertes
  • Dorothy Abbott as The Queen
  • Julia Faye as Julia
  • John Marchak as Guard
  • Production

    The film was originally called The Broadway Story. It was the second film from Pioneer Pictures, a recently formed independent production company. Charles Lederer wrote the script based on stories provided by such Broadway columnists as Dorothy Kilgallen, Louis Sobol, Danton Walker and Earl Wilson. It was to start filming 1 October 1948 following the production of Pioneer's first film, Kingsblood Royal, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis. Lloyd Nolan was discussed for the male lead.

    However Pioneer ended up selling the project to Paramount Studios in September 1948 as a vehicle for Betty Hutton. Frank Tashlin was hired to rewrite the script. Robert Fellows was to produce and John Farrow to direct. It was Hutton's first film in two years.

    The film was retitled Restless Angel. Ray Milland was going to star, but it was decided to loan him out to Fox; his role was taken by Victor Mature, who had just made Samson and Delilah for Paramount. Mature and Hutton had never acted together before and Paramount hoped the novelty of this would prove attractive at the box office.

    The title was changed again to Red Hot and Blue. Filming started 10 January 1949.

    June Havoc was cast after Betty Hutton saw her appear on stage in Rain. Frank Loesser made his acting debut, as a gangster, and wrote four songs.

    Filming ended in March 1949.


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