Hold That Blonde is a 1945 American comedy film directed by George Marshall. It stars Eddie Bracken and Veronica Lake.[1]

Hold That Blonde
Directed byGeorge Marshall
Produced byPaul Jones
Written byWalter DeLeon
Earl Baldwin
Eddie Moran
Based onThe play Heart of a Thief by Paul Armstrong
StarringEddie Bracken
Music byWerner R. Heymann
CinematographyDaniel L. Fapp
Edited byLeroy Stone
Distributed byParamount
Release date
November 23, 1945
Running time
76 mins.
CountryUnited States


Bracken plays a kleptomaniac who unwittingly becomes involved with a gang of jewel thieves, including a beautiful woman, Sally, whom he promptly falls in love with, initially unaware of her true occupation.



The film was originally known as Good Intentions.[2]

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.)[3]

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.[4]


Diabolique said "this is the sort of movie that should have been great fun but just isn’t; Bracken flails about, Lake is dull and lacking sexiness, and together they lack the chemistry of, say, Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard." [5]


  1. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/work/hold-that-blonde-95405
  2. ^ "Of Local Origin". New York Times. p. 21.
  3. ^ "NEWS OF THE SCREEN: New Contract Settles Paramount-Hope Dispute-- Swedish Film Among 4 Newcomers This Week". New York Times. 7 May 1945. p. 14.
  4. ^ Schallert, Edwin (8 July 1945). "Change of Pace in Roles Beckons Veronica Lake: Star to Pause at Career's Crossroads Roles to Shift for Veronica". Los Angeles Times. p. C1.
  5. ^ Vagg, Stephen (11 February 2020). "The Cinema of Veronica Lake". Diabolique Magazine.

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