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Platinum Blonde (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 31 October 1931 (USA)
A young woman from a very rich family impulsively marries a reporter, but each assumes the other is the one whose lifestyle must change.


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(story) (as Harry E. Chandlee), (story) | 3 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Robert Williams ...
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Conroy - the Editor
Don Dillaway ...
Michael Schuyler (as Donald Dillaway)
Dawson - the Valet
Louise Closser Hale ...
Mrs. Schuyler


Reporter Gallagher loves reporter Smith who marries Anne. He's soon bored being married to a socialite and asks Gallagher to help him write a play. She arrives with a bunch of reporters and the mansion turns into a party. Anne arrives and orders them out and Smith goes with them. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She Was Gorgeous - He Was A Man . . . So, the other girl had to wait !


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

31 October 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gallagher  »

Box Office


£600,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


During its 1950 reissue it was double-billed with "Gilda." See more »


When Stew Smith is married, his colleagues make fun of him in the press room. At that moment his wife calls and he walks over to the phone with his pipe in his mouth. However, when he picks up the phone, the pipe disappears. See more »


Stew Smith: Is she beautiful? Oh boss, I think pictures don't do her justice. If I were that guy, Zigfield...
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Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) See more »


A Bird in a Gilded Cage
(1900) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Arthur J. Lamb
Sung a cappella by Edmund Breese
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The Best Actor You've Never Seen
28 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Williams doesn't even get any billing n the DVD cover or on other promotions of this film, but he IS the star of the film....and he is outstanding.

Williams could have been a major star, a very well-known actor, had he not died four days after this picture was released with a ruptured appendix. The man simply puts on an acting clinic here. I wonder if young aspiring actors are ever shown this film and told to study Williams? If is wasn't for this film, I assume nobody would ever know about this guy.

Anyway, the movie is really dated but its interesting thanks to some great dialog, mainly, once again, by Williams. Jean Harlow gets the billing but a young Loretta Young has the real beauty and charm here. Too bad her role was so minor and bland. She looked absolutely gorgeous.

The storyline is one of Hollywood's favorite themes: the average Joe beating up on the snobby rich people. Harlow's "mother" in here (Louise Closser Hale) plays that snob role perfectly.

Even though I just gave it six stars, there are lots of laughs in this film and it was a lot better than I thought it would be. Watching Williams' acting performance is worth the price of the disc, and then some.

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