Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Our final batch of films about redheads (pt. 5)

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 -Part 4

Two Blondes and a Redhead

Two Blondes and a Redhead is a 1947 American musical film directed by Arthur Dreifuss and starring Jean Porter, Jimmy Lloyd, June Preisser, Judy Clark and Rick Vallin.

Socialite Cathy Abbott is working in the chorus of a Broadway show instead of being enrolled at an exclusive girl's school as her parents think. When the show closes, she brings two of her chorus friends, Patti Calhoun and Vicki Adams, home with her. In addition to trying to make her friends acceptable to the snooty society of which her family is part, she is also being blackmailed by a rival. She and her two friends win over the blue-bloods with a couple of chorus routines, and she discloses she will be marrying the butler, Tommy Randell, rather than the pompous Freddie Ainsley.

A scene from the film



Lady with Red Hair

Lady with Red Hair (1940) is an American historical drama film directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starring Miriam Hopkins, Claude Rains and Richard Ainley. Released by Warner Brothers it stars Hopkins as the nineteenth century actress Mrs. Leslie Carter.


A messy divorce leaves Mrs. Leslie Carter shunned by Chicago society for being an adulteress and forbidden from having custody of her son. She's determined to return to her hometown in a few years as a success and with enough money to fight to get her son back. In order to realize her plans, she heads to New York with ambitions of being a great actress. Despite having no stage training, producer David Belasco becomes attracted to her and becomes intent on making her a star, as well as winning her heart.

A scene from the film.

Julie the Redhead

Julie the Redhead is a 1958 French film directed by Claude Boissol and inspired by the song Julie la rousse by René-Louis Lafforgue.


An artist falls in love with a young woman, but is forced to leave her, because his parents take position againt the relationship. His son goes looking for the woman and meets her daughter...

Here's the song that inspired the film



Red Headed Stranger

Red Headed Stranger is a 1986 American Western drama film written and directed by William D. Wittliff. The film stars Willie Nelson and Morgan Fairchild. It is based on Nelson's album Red Headed Stranger (1975).


A preacher from the East arrives in Montana to spread the gospel. When his wife takes off with another man, he straps on his pistol and seeks vengeance. Then he must find a way to redeem himself.

The film trailer.



Die rote (Redhead)

Die rote is a 1962 West German-Italian drama film directed by Helmut Käutner and based on the novel by the same title by Alfred Andersch. It was entered into the 12th Berlin International Film Festival.


A redhead, approaching forty, is bored with her husband and with life in general. Having an affair with another man fails to produce the excitement she is craving. So she leaves Germany, seeking adventure and fulfillment in Venice, where she finds work in a hotel. Initially, life seems more interesting, and she has new romantic adventures. But when she realizes that her British lover is merely using her for a personal vendetta against a German Nazi, she finds herself running away once again.

A scene from the film.


And that's the end of it! I would only like to add one short film, shot in 1945, which is, in my opinion, very funny.

Beware of Redheads

A beautiful redhead (Myrna Dell) comes knocking on Leon's door demanding the return of a compact dropped accidently in his pocket while they were dancing. But his wife (Dorothy Granger) has already discovered the compact and thinks Leon bought it as a gift for her. And then, to no great surprise, the redhead's jealous husband makes an appearance. Leon, before he is cleared of any hanky-panky with the redhead, nets two black eyes.



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