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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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(as Frank R. Capra)

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

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Halliwell Hobbes ...
Butler
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Grayson
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Conroy - the Editor
Don Dillaway ...
Michael Schuyler (as Donald Dillaway)
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Bingy
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Dawson - the Valet
Louise Closser Hale ...
Mrs. Schuyler
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Storyline

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>

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

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

31 October 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gallagher  »

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Budget:

£600,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The opening cast credits list ten names, while the end credits lists only seven of the ten, with character names. Hence the opening credits are used in the IMDb cast list. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Stew Smith: You should throw me out. Because I begin to get goofy ideas and they concern you, Anne.
Anne Schuyler: None of your ideas could be goofy, Stew, if they concern me.
Stew Smith: Well, my name is Smith. That you seem to have been able to stand for the last month. I am white, male and over 21. I've never been in jail... that is, not often. And I prefer Scotch to bourbon, I hate carrots, I hate peas, I like bad coffee, and I hate garters. I make seventy-five bucks a week, and I got eight hundred and forty-seven bucks in the ...
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jean Harlow (1962) See more »

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Manhattan
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Played over main titles
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Nice, bristling romantic comedy
19 September 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

PLATINUM BLONDE marks the start of three careers- First, Frank Capra. He has a natural style of handling actors. There is scene where lovebirds Jean Harlow and Robert Williams mock sing-song to each other. It feels improvised, very natural, unlike the stage learned dialog that infested early talkies. He's experimental with camera angles, and playing with sound (One scene is filmed by a crackling fountain) and he keeps the pace and dialog delivery going at rocket pace. Then you have Jean Harlow. Wow, do you have Jean Harlow! Not only is she stunningly beautiful (even when photographed from behind) but she has a cool, likable wit (She suppose to be a society dame, but she makes the character so likable, you just want to hang around). Thirdly, you have Robert Williams, who was just starting to make a name for himself with this 1931 film. Sadly, this bristling talent died later that year of appendicitis. He's wonderfully energetic, quirky and full of speed (He's so wonderfully jumpy when he feels enclosed in a stuffy mansion you'd think he has Starbucks running through his viens.) PLATINUM BLONDE seems to be dress rehersal for the film Capra would make five years later- MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN (My favorite Capra film) Williams (Like Gary Cooper) is labeled "Cinderella Man", he loves yodelling and getting the servants to yodel in his newfound mansion home. Catch this film if you can.


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