SPOTLIGHT: Brassy Pre-Code Blondell (VIII)

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, and so far we’ve featured Blonde Crazy (1931), Union Depot (1932), The Greeks Had A Word For Them [a.k.a. Three Broadway Girls] (1932), Miss Pinkerton (1932), and Three On A Match (1932), Lawyer Man (1932), and Blondie Johnson (1933). Today…

 

Gold Diggers Of 1933 (1933)

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Three chorus girls fight to keep their show going and find rich husbands. Starring Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Guy Kibbee, Ned Sparks, and Ginger Rogers. Screenplay by Erwin Gelsey & James Seymour. Dialogue by David Boehm & Ben Markson. Based on a play by Avery Hopwood. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Score by Harry Warren & Al Dubin.

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