Blonde from Brooklyn
Cast & Crew
Upon his release from the Army, Dixon Harper, a former song- and-dance man, goes to a nightclub and drops a coin in a remote-controlled jukebox while phoning an old girl friend for a date. After learning that the girl friend is now married, Dixon makes a date with Susan Parker, the intercom operator who answers his request and plays the records at jukebox headquarters. When they meet at the nightclub, Dixon who, due to his affection for the South, has adopted a Southern accent although he is actually from Dubuque, Iowa, discovers that Susan wants to be a singer and persuades the orchestra leader to allow them to perform an impromptu song routine. The two are a hit, and impressed by their abilities, Hubert Fransworth, a phony Southern colonel, approaches their table. The colonel agrees to coach the pair in Southern mannerisms and dialect so that they can audition for the Southern-themed "Plantation Coffee Time" radio program. The colonel renames Susan "Susanna Bellwithers," assuring her that the last member of the esteemed Southern Bellwithers family died a spinster, and therefore it is safe to use the name. Susan and Dixon are hired to perform on the program, and to publicize the new act, their sponsor builds a campaign around Susan's distinguished lineage. After the first broadcast, Harvey Branson, a lawyer for the Bellwithers estate, proclaims that he has at last found an heir to the estate. Although the colonel and the program's sponsors encourage Susan to accept the $800,000 inheritance, she refuses. When she then decides to confess all to Branson, Dixon informs Susan that if her true identity is exposed, their act will be destroyed by scandal. However, the colonel persuades her that he has a solution to the problem and introduces her to Curtis Rossmore, a son of one of the Bellwithers. Thinking that Curtis is the legal heir to the estate, Susan is relieved, but later learns that only a female heir can claim the Bellwithers fortune. When Dixon suggests that Susan marry Curtis in name only and turn over the estate to him, Susan, who is in love with Dixon, feels rejected and leaves. Just as Dixon discovers that Curtis is an impostor who has been hired by the colonel to claim the estate, Branson appears and announces that he has found the true heir to the fortune. With little time to spare before the broadcast of the program, the colonel and Dixon search desperately for Susan. Stopping at a bar, Dixon drops a coin in a jukebox and Susan answers his call. When Susan cuts him off every time he tries to speak to her, Dixon gives a drunk a handful of coins to keep the jukebox running while he and the colonel hurry over to jukebox headquarters. Dixon then explains everything to Susan, whereupon they reconcile and resume the radio program.
James F. Hanley
Edwin L. Wetzel
This was the first film in which Bob Haymes, Dick's brother, appeared under the name Robert Stanton. The film also marked the screen debut of noted dancer-actress Gwen Verdon (1925-2000).