MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 16,610 this week

Platinum Blonde (1931)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  31 October 1931 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 2,003 users  
Reviews: 49 user | 21 critic

A young woman from a very rich family impulsively marries a reporter, but each assumes the other is the one whose lifestyle must change.

Director:

(as Frank R. Capra)

Writers:

(story) (as Harry E. Chandlee) , (story), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 05 Jun 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 02 Mar 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 14 May 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 07 Jul 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 13 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Platinum Blonde" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Platinum Blonde (1931)

Platinum Blonde (1931) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Platinum Blonde.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Bombshell (1933)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Sexpot film star Lola Burns seeks a new image and tries marrying a marquis, adopting a baby -- all sorts of schemes which go awry.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Chinese warlord and an engaged Christian missionary fall in love.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Toshia Mori
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Foreign correspondent Pete Garvey has 5 days to win back his former fiancée, or he'll lose the orphans he adopted.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Alexis Smith
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Molly Kelly wants to marry a millionaire. When she runs into Andy Charles, heir to a restaurant fortune, she jumps at the chance and marries him. Andy's father if furious and disinherits ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Viola Dana, Ralph Graves, Burr McIntosh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Mitchell Lewis, Alice Day, Margaret Livingston
Long Pants (1927)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Harry Shelby has been kept in knee pants for years by his overprotective parents, but the day finally comes when Harry is given his first pair of long pants. Almost immediately, he is ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Harry Langdon, Gladys Brockwell, Alan Roscoe
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Francis X. Bushman, Helene Chadwick, Margaret Livingston
Suzy (1936)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

American showgirl Suzy is in London in 1914. She loves Irish inventor Terry who works for an engineering firm owned by a German woman. After their marriage Terry is murdered and Suzy flees ... See full summary »

Director: George Fitzmaurice
Stars: Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Cary Grant
Red Dust (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The owner of a rubber plantation becomes involved with the new wife of one of his employees.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A meek Belgian soldier (Harry Langdon) fighting in World War I receives penpal letters and a photo from "Mary Brown", an American girl he has never met. He becomes infatuated with her by ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Harry Langdon, Priscilla Bonner, Gertrude Astor
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Raymond Dabney returns to his family after trouble with the law. He convinces the sheriff to give him a job watching the house and furniture of widow Crystal Wetherby without knowing she is... See full summary »

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Jean Harlow, Robert Taylor, Reginald Owen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jobyna Ralston, Mildred Harris
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Robert Williams ...
...
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Butler
...
Grayson
Edmund Breese ...
Conroy - the Editor
Don Dillaway ...
Michael Schuyler (as Donald Dillaway)
Walter Catlett ...
Bingy
Claud Allister ...
Dawson - the Valet
Louise Closser Hale ...
Mrs. Schuyler
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 October 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gallagher  »

Box Office

Budget:

£600,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite the film's measure of positive reviews and star power, it wasn't much of a hit at the box office, with returns around the country reported as "just fair" and "a bit disappointing". See more »

Goofs

When they are looking at the front page of "The Tribune Paper", in the headlines the word "okay" is misspelled. It shows "It's okey with me." See more »

Quotes

Stew Smith: Now, before you go unconscious, I want you to get this through your nut.
Dexter Grayson: I beg your pardon?
Stew Smith: Unconscious. You know, when you don't know anything - your natural state! There's some people, you can't buy their self-respect for a bucket of shekels! Now I happen to be one of those guys.
Dexter Grayson: We just thought...
Stew Smith: Don't think! Let me do the thinking. Now you go back to that Schuyler outfit and tell them that I didn't marry that dame for her dough and I don't want any of her dough now.
Dexter Grayson: Yes.
Stew Smith: I was too poor to ...
See more »

Connections

Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Manhattan
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played over main titles
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


23 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Loretta Young! lordxur
Robert Williams.... heberald26
Costume Design vada-sultenfuss
Frank Capra's Camera + Terrence Malick? JackBluegrass
The dialogue was very good FilmKoala
Discuss Platinum Blonde (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?