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Director:
Writers:
Harry Chandlee (story) and
Douglas W. Churchill (story) ...
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Release Date:
31 October 1931 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She Was Gorgeous - He Was A Man . . . So, the other girl had to wait !
Plot:
A young woman from a very rich family impulsively marries a reporter, but each assumes the other is the one whose lifestyle must change. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Nice, bristling romantic comedy See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Loretta Young ... Gallagher
Robert Williams ... Stew Smith

Jean Harlow ... Ann Schuyler
Halliwell Hobbes ... Butler

Reginald Owen ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilson Benge ... Butler (uncredited)
Vance Carroll ... Reporter (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Hank - a Reporter (uncredited)
Richard Cramer ... Speakeasy Proprietor (uncredited)
Oliver Eckhardt ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bill Elliott ... Ann's Beau - the Round-the-World Flyer (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
J.C. Fowler ... Reporter (uncredited)
Constant Franke ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Dannie Mac Grant ... Office Boy (uncredited)
Frank Holliday ... Reporter (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Mr. Radcliffe (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Tom London ... Reporter (uncredited)
Adolph Milar ... Doorman (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Richard Powell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hal Price ... Joe - a Reporter (uncredited)
Dick Prichard ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Waiter (uncredited)
Edgar Sherrod ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
William Wagner ... Typist (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra  (as Frank R. Capra)
 
Writing credits
Harry Chandlee (story) (as Harry E. Chandlee) and
Douglas W. Churchill (story)

Robert Riskin (dialogue)

Jo Swerling (adaptation)

Dorothy Howell (continuity)

Produced by
Harry Cohn .... producer
Frank Capra .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
David Broekman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Milford (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Edward Shulter .... technical director (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
Certification:
Portugal:M/6 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1325-R: 29 August 1935 for re-release) | USA:G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
During its 1950 reissue it was double-billed with "Gilda."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:Say, I interviewed a swell guy the other day: Einstein. Yeh, swell guy. Little eccentric, but a swell - doesn't wear, doesn't wear any garters. Neither do I, as a matter of fact.See more »
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A Bird in a Gilded CageSee more »

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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Nice, bristling romantic comedy, 19 September 2001
Author: Glenn Andreiev (gandreiev@aol.com) from Huntington, NY

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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