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Blondie Johnson (1933)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 25 February 1933 (USA)
Story of a Depression-downtrodden waif who uses her brains instead of her body to rise from tyro con artist to crime boss.

Directors:

Ray Enright, Lucien Hubbard (uncredited)

Writers:

Earl Baldwin (story), Earl Baldwin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joan Blondell ... Blondie Johnson
Chester Morris ... Danny Jones
Allen Jenkins ... Louie
Earle Foxe ... Al Scannel
Claire Dodd ... Gladys LaMann
Mae Busch ... Mae
Joseph Cawthorn ... Jewelry Store Manager (as Joe Cawthorn)
Olin Howland ... Eddie
Sterling Holloway ... Red Charley
Toshia Mori ... Lulu
Arthur Vinton ... Max Wagner
Donald Kirke ... Joe
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Story of a Depression-downtrodden waif who uses her brains instead of her body to rise from tyro con artist to crime boss.

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She put her own man on the spot. (Newspaper ad cut). See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gynaika gangster See more »

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Budget:

$151,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Max Wagner: Stop being so ambitious. Sometimes it gets a guy into a lot of trouble, see.
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Soundtracks

Just A Blue-Eyed Blonde
(uncredited)
Written by Gus Kahn and Ted Fio Rito
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1933 Depression movie
15 May 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Joan Blondell is poverty stricken, but determined to survive, in "Blondie Johnson," a 1933 Warner Brothers film also starring Chester Morris, Allen Jenkins, and Sterling Holloway.

Blondie (Blondell) and her sick mother are not considered hardship cases. They live in the back of a store, Blondie can't find a job, and her mother is in need of care. After being denied funds, she returns home to find that her mother has died in her absence. She decides she's waited long enough for something good to happen. She's going to make things happen, but she's going to use her brains, not her body, to do it The next time we see Blondie, she's all decked out after working in a dance hall. She takes a cab ride and she and the driver (Holloway) work a scam that nets them a tidy sum at the end of the night. Unfortunately one of the people they worked it on is Danny Jones (Morris), a racketeer, and he catches her in a Chinese restaurant, which is not exactly the hospital she claimed she was headed to for work. They team up, with Blondie having ambitions toward being a crime boss.

Good movie with the always delightful Blondell and likable Chester Morris. The end of the film is jarring; it's abrupt and different in tone from the rest of the movie. Still, it's a quick-paced, well acted film.


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