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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.


(as Frank R. Capra)


(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?


The $50 bribe offered by the lawyer would equate to $780 in 2016. The $10,000 mentioned to settle the matter of breach-of-promise would be the same as almost $156,000 in 2016. 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 »


Mrs. Schuyler: If you had to make a fool of yourself, why didn't you tell it to her, instead of writing?
Michael Schuyler: Because I couldn't get her on the phone.
Mrs. Schuyler: Imbecile!
Anne Schuyler: You should have known better than to write, Romeo. I found that out a long time ago.
Mrs. Schuyler: I should say you had. At the rate you two are going, we'll have to leave the country to save our faces!
Anne Schuyler: Splendid, Mother! Let's hop over to Monte Carlo. It's a great place to save a face!
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Referenced in Complicated Women (2003) See more »


Music by Richard Rodgers
Played over main titles
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Primitive, pleasant Capra
10 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Robert Williams plays the kind of role Spencer Tracy did time and again at Fox and MGM--the brash, likeable working man--and, in fact, the picture suggests a dry run of Tracy's "Libeled Lady." There's a breach-of-promise suit, a roomful of reporters cracking wise, a rich-rich Long Island clan existing to be mocked, and the kind of farcical complications that made the newspaper comedy one of the '30s' most endearing genres. Unfortunately, the dialogue isn't as snappy as it thinks it is, and Jean Harlow is as miscast as a society dame as Loretta Young is as a world-weary reporter -- the whole thing might have made more sense if they switched roles. The compensations, though, are many: Capra giving his actors brilliant bits of business (the "puttering" scene is an unsung classic), a roster of swell character actors, and some pre-Production Code naughtiness, including two very sexy love scenes between Williams and Harlow. Capra's pace is slower than usual, and his later works had cleverer plot twists. His handling of actors, though, is as beautiful to behold as ever. And in Williams' irresistible performance, we have a glimpse of a star that might have been.

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