SPOTLIGHT: Brassy Pre-Code Blondell (XIII)

Welcome to a new Film Friday, and the final post in 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), Three On A Match (1932), Lawyer Man (1932), Blondie Johnson (1933), The Gold Diggers Of 1933 (1933), Goodbye Again (1933), Footlight Parade (1933), Havana Widows (1933), and  I’ve Got Your Number (1934). Today…


Smarty (1934)

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A squabbling couple can’t seem to make it to the divorce court. Starring Joan Blondell, Warren William, Edward Everett Horton, Frank McHugh, Claire Dodd, and Joan Wheeler. Screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert and Carl Erickson. Based on a play by F. Hugh Herbert. Directed by Robert Florey.





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