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.