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Blondie of the Follies (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 1 September 1932 (USA)
Two young women find their friendship strained when one wins a role in a Broadway show, and the other's boyfriend begins to fall for her.


Edmund Goulding


Frances Marion (story), Anita Loos (dialogue)


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An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.

Directors: Charles Reisner, Christy Cabanne, and 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Blondie McClune
Robert Montgomery ... Larry Belmont
Billie Dove ... Lottie Callahan aka Lurline Cavanaugh
Jimmy Durante ... Jimmy
James Gleason ... Pa (Lou)McClune
Zasu Pitts ... Gertie
Sidney Toler ... Pete
Douglass Dumbrille ... Murchenson
Sarah Padden ... Ma McClune
Louise Carter ... Ma Callahan
Clyde Cook ... Dancer
Rocky Twins Rocky Twins ... The Rocky Twins - Dance Duo


Blondie, a New York tenement dweller, and Lurlene are best friends. When Lurlene makes the cast of a big Broadway show, she arranges for Blondie to join the cast as well. But the friendship goes awry when Lurlene's sweetheart, wealthy Larry Belmont, catches Blondie's act and falls for the fair-haired newcomer. Though she is attracted to Larry as well, Blondie spurns his attentions out of loyalty to her friend. But the attraction proves to be stronger than any of them could have imagined. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Frances Marion, the noted screen writer is well remembered for her successes "Min and Bill", "The Champ", "The Big House" and "Emma". But she wins true immortality with her splendid entertainment "Blondie of the Follies." It is the story of two tenement girls who rise to fame in the Follies; luxury, fame, romance is theirs - but sometimes they wonder if they have not paid too great a price! An amazing, spectacular production enacted by a great cast! You're in for a treat! See more »


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

1 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La reine des girls See more »


Box Office


$602,620 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One hour into the film, Marion Davies (Blondie) addresses Billy Dove's character as "Lurlene Callabash". In later years Jimmy Durante would often close his TV, radio and nightclub appearances with "Goodnight Mrs. Callabash, wherever you are". See more »


After Larry and Blondie talk about dogs in China, she runs out and the scene changes to the apartment's patio. There, the shadow of the boom microphone moves onto and off the curtains above the dog in the chair to the left, twice. See more »


Jimmy: What happened? I come in with a girl. How are you boys? Ha-cha. Cha-chaaaa!
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Why Don't You Take Me?
(1932) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Edmund Goulding
Copyright 1932 by Metro-Golwyn-Mayer Corp and Leo. Feist, Inc.
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One of Davies Best
26 September 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Blondie of the Follies (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Marion Davies plays slum girl Blondie McClune who finally gets out of her dump thanks in large part to he friend Lottie (Billie Dove) who has made it big on Broadway. The two have a falling out when Larry (Robert Montgomery) falls for Blondie but she has more problems as her high life slowly starts to crumble down. I was really shocked at how good this film was because, to be honest, this story isn't all that original and it's one we had seen countless time in the brief time that talkies had come into play. What really makes this film worth watching are the downright marvelous performances and various pre-code elements. The pre-code elements are pretty straight-forward in their sexual innuendo and the film doesn't shy away from Dove's rather large breasts and she's constantly dressed in skimpy little outfits that allows her to jiggle around if you catch what I mean. Even Davies has a brief scene where she's wet and you can see through her top. Even without these elements the film still works because both women are terrific in their roles. Apparently the story here is very close to that of Davies real life and perhaps that's why she dug into the character so much. She's not playing that Davies persona here but instead she really delivers a full character on all levels. Dove is brilliant as well because her sexuality really jumps off the screen and she makes her character very memorable. It was sad to read she retired from Hollywood after this movie apparently because Hearst cut most of her scenes here fearing she'd take the movie away from Davies. Montgomery makes for a great leading mad her and James Gleason is also very good as the concerned father. Even Zasu Pitts is very good here as the sister. She handles the drama quite well and this is coming from someone who really doesn't care for his comedy side. Then we have the fourth-billed Jimmy Durante who shows up for what's basically a cameo but it turns out to be one of the highlights of the film. He shows up and does a little skit on why men shouldn't take women to see GRAND HOTEL because of John Barrymore's great looks. This sly bit of publicity for MGM is a nice little tough as Durante plays Barrymore with Davies doing an impersonation of Greta Garbo. Again, the story itself isn't all that original but that's the only problem with this gem that should be a lot better known than it actually is.

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