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Kansas City Princess (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 13 October 1934 (USA)
Two wisecracking manicurists flee an irate gangster.


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Sy Bartlett (story), Sy Bartlett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Rosie Sturges
Glenda Farrell ... Marie Callahan
Robert Armstrong ... Dynamite 'Dynie' Carson
Hugh Herbert ... Junior Ashcraft
Osgood Perkins ... Marcel Duryea - French Private Eye
T. Roy Barnes ... Alderman James 'Jim' Cameron
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Alderman Sam Warren
Gordon Westcott ... Jimmy the Dude aka Frankie Smith
Vince Barnett ... Quincy - Dynamite's Henchman
Ivan Lebedeff ... Dr. Sascha Pilnakoff
Renee Whitney ... Mrs. 'Lovums' Ashcraft
Arthur Hoyt ... Mr. Greenway


Rosie and Marie are wisecracking Kansas City manicurists. Marie is an unabashed golddigger but Rosie would like to marry her gangster boyfriend Dynamite, who's given her an expensive ring. When she loses the ring, both friends have to flee Dynamite's wrath; their adventures include masquerading as girl scouts and taking an ocean voyage to Paris. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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What a riot when two man-handling manicurists from the Midwest start trimming mugs and polishing suckers at a convention! (original ad) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

13 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Princess of Kansas City See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was completed three months before its release, but Warner Bros. decided to delay the release of the film until after the birth of Joan Blondell's child. So that Blondell would not be off the screen for too long a period. See more »


Marie Callahan: If the moth balls haven't haven't chewed up my evening gown, it's a date!
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Referenced in The FBI Story (1959) See more »


Freckle Face, You're Beautiful
Music by Carmen Lombardo
Lyrics by Cliff Friend
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Starts Off Good but Quickly Falls Apart
6 December 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Kansas City Princess (1934)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Rosie (Joan Blondell) decides to go out with a man after her best friend (Glenda Farrell) says that her gangster boyfriend (Robert Armstrong) doesn't deserve her. Once out on the date the man steals a valuable ring from her that was given to her by the gangster. Fearing for their safety, the two girls head to New York but of course the gangster finds out and goes after them. No, this isn't a hard-hitting drama from Warner but instead it's a "B" comedy that starts off well but quickly falls apart into a disastrous second half. Blondell and Farrell are so good together that the film actually starts off on a very good note. I thought the two actresses had some nice chemistry together and we get a pretty funny sequence where Farrell is teaching Blondell what to say in order to get a rich man. There's also a pretty good dinner sequence where the two ladies and their dates end up in a bad situation. Once the girls jump on the train and head to New York, the entire film just comes crashing down. As others have pointed out, it really does seem as if the screenplay wasn't completed so the actors, director and others just showed up and starting making things up as they went along. There's really not a single thing in the second half of this picture that makes any sense and for the life of me it just seemed like a bunch of characters talking at one another in order for the running time to reach past the hour mark. Before long additional characters are brought into the chaos and it still doesn't make any sense. The only ones who are going to want to check this out are fans of the two ladies. Both are good in the film but even their charm can't save this stinker.

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