SPOTLIGHT: Brassy Pre-Code Blondell (II)

Welcome to a new Film Friday and the continuation of our spotlight series on the Pre-Code work of Joan Blondell (1906-1979), an iconic Warner dame known for her snappy speech and straight-shooting style. We’ve covered Illicit (1931), The Public Enemy (1931), and Night Nurse (1931), but haven’t even yet scratched the surface of her miraculous Pre-Code career. We’re making up for lost time, beginning last week with Blonde Crazy (1931). Today…


Union Depot (1932)


An out-of-luck con artist discovers a suitcase full of money at a train station. Starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, and Alan Hale. Based on the play by Laurie, Fowler, and Durkin. Dialogue by Kubec Glasmon and John Bright. Screenplay b y Kenyon Nicholson and Walter DeLeon. Directed by Alfred E. Green.




2 thoughts on “SPOTLIGHT: Brassy Pre-Code Blondell (II)

  1. I am commenting here to let you know that you unknowingly cheated Joan of a few years of her life. She lived until 1979, not 1976. I hope you’ve had a chance to see here in 1978’s Grease (filmed in 1977), where she played Vi, the malt shop waitress. I enjoyed seeing her here, since I’d only known her prior to this from her portrayal as a shrewish woman who was killed by her husband on Twilight Zone. She was also funny on her appearances on The Lucy Show, even though she & Lucy didn’t get along.

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