Born on 12 January 1884 in Waco, Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan played a gun-slinger and rode bareback in silent films, took New York by storm in 1906, and earned a salary of $700,000 as a speakeasy hostess. Here are highlights from a life led at full speed until 5 November 1933. Meet TEXAS GUINAN!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Betty Hutton Portrayed Texas Guinan

Will Madonna do justice to the Texas Guinan story?
Here's Betty Hutton's star-turn in 1945.

Incendiary Blonde
Publication: Variety [Monday Jan. 1, 1945]

Incendiary Blonde is a sound musical drama based on the life of Broadway's Texas Guinan. Script picks up the Guinan career in Texas in 1909 when she first joins a Wild West show to aid her financially busted father. Production injects considerable spectacle into the early Wild West show sequences but gives picture a slower start than necessary. Her switch to Broadway musicals to escape an unhappy love affair and then desertion of the Great White Way for Hollywood are spanned more quickly. When misunderstandings again chill love, she returns to Broadway and launches her night club career. The part racketeering and kindred Prohibition ailments of the nation played in her life are all shown and these give dramatic wallop and tenseness to the concluding portions of the story.
* Excerpt from a review printed in 1945. *
Incendiary Blonde
Betty Hutton * Arturo deCordova * Albert Dekker * Barry Fitzgerald
Running time: 113 minutes
Paramount. Director George Marshall; Producer Joseph Sistrom; Screenplay Claude Binyon, Frank Butler; Camera Ray Rennahan; Editor Archie Marshek; Music Robert Emmett Dolan; Art Director Hans Dreier, William Flannery
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