Platinum Blonde (1931)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  31 October 1931 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Robert Williams ...
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Edmund Breese ...
Conroy - the Editor
Don Dillaway ...
Michael Schuyler (as Donald Dillaway)
Walter Catlett ...
Claud Allister ...
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 <>

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)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Williams died of appendicitis just three days after the film's release. See more »


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 »


Smythe, The Butler: The gentleman from the Tribune.
Stew Smith: There's no gentlemen at the Tribune.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jean Harlow (1962) 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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A Genius - Robert Williams - the great loss
8 September 2004 | by (mountainair nm) – See all my reviews

Platinum Blonde launched so many careers - the most infamous being Frank Capra and Jean Harlow. It is not a perfect film by any stretch of the imagination. The sound is bad, Harlow is terribly miscast, and poor Loretta Young struggles valiantly to bring depth to a part that is the filmic equivalent of wallpaper. As many have said before me, she and Harlow would have done well to reverse roles.

But the greatest on screen portrayal of fresh, modern, naturalistic acting (a style that later would be attributed to James Dean) is from the wonderful, refreshingly brilliant young Robert Williams in 1931!!!!! I would never mark this film as a masterpiece, yet I would encourage all struggling male actors to study this man's work as a prime example of how to dominate a scene without any artifice or aggression. Every time he enters a room, the whole film lights up, and every time he leaves, all the other actors seem to lose their purpose and energy.

I have never seen such simple perfection, and I am saddened to no end to learn of his untimely death at thirty-four, just as he was starting to get roles worthy of his genius. I could not get enough of this man's work, and regret having so little of it to view. An absolute must see for Robert Williams alone!

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