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Joan Blondell, one of Hollywood's most memorable blondes, gets top billing in this protofeminist crime yarn as tough as a taxi dancer's heart. Blondell's first starring role was also a change of pace for a contract player usually cast as a chorus cutie or the male lead's loyal doxy. Instead she plays the title character, a Depression-downtrodden waif who uses her brains instead of her body to rise from tyro con artist to crime boss. A terrific supporting cast - Chester Morris, Allen Jenkins. Mae Busch, Sterling Holloway - comes along for the rags-to-rackets ride through all the murder and double-crossing that make crime melodrama great entertainment.
This time with a woman's touch.

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  • Actors: Chester Morris, Joan Blondell
  • Directors: Ray Enright
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004H0M2WS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,099 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There were a number of short, well-made studio films from the early 30s that were based on con games. In a way, they were almost public service announcements to warn people about various hustles. Two of the best are Blonde Crazy (1931) and Blondie Johnson (1933), both starring Joan Blondell, who was a jewel at playing disreputable women you would love to date. Blond Crazy has a wonderful sequence in which James Cagney has to raise 10 grand (during the depression) and it takes him about an hour (5 minutes of screen time) to pull off the con. Blondie Johnson, much like Barbara Stanwyck's character in Babyface, starts low in life and profits from increasingly sordid activities. The acting and directing in all these films are very good, and the movies very fast paced. Babyface really needs to be seen in the uncensored version in one of the Forbidden Hollywood collections. I was hoping the Blondell films would get the same treatment but, so far, they have been allowed to languish, although good prints show on TCM.
The faux-DVD shown here is apparently another of Warner's DVD-R productions, no better than you can record yourself off standard def TV (NOT equal to DVD quality). I suppose that if you're willing to pay over $20 for something you can have for free, you get what you deserve. Blondie would approve.
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This almost forgotten film -- I can't find it listed in any of the half dozen standard film encyclopedias I have -- is a very good example of the Warner's pre-code social drama, with Joan Blondell in one of her best roles as a poor girl in the Depression who swears she'll do anything necessary to get the only thing in life that matters: dough. With that setting, you can pretty much predict the plot, but the film's attractions don't depend on suspense. See it instead for Blondell's classic portrayal as a wisecracking dame, for the interesting supporting roles by Sterling Holloway and other character actors whom you've seen in a million other old movies, and for the luscious 1930s Art Deco sets and wardrobes. The Warner's DVD quality is just adequate; I would have added a star for a properly remastered DVD from a pristine print.
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I love Blondell. Love the movie. I am a big fan of pre-code movies and have a collection of some of the best on cd. I watch them a lot and have a DVR collection of some I don't own when they come on TCM. Joan has a line in this movie that even shocked me. A word I have never heard in other pre-code movies. Besides that in is a good role for Blondell and she does a terrific job with this character.
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Synopsis, which contains possible SPOILERS.
Blondie loses her mother at the beginning of the movie and devotes herself to singleminded pursuit of dough. She reappears as a slick conwoman, fast talking people out of their money. She soon meets a crowd of gangsters and hooks up with them to undertake bigger operations. The gang has a couple of fallings out, but Blondie eventually hooks up with her man and they prepare to pay their debts to society, promising to wait for one another.

This is a precode film, although pretty tame. Blondie refers to her sister’s death from a botched abortion, and there are other implications that people might be having sex or even living together, but not on camera.

A very entertaining movie of its sort with a good cast.
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