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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:
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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)
 
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:
Robert Williams died of appendicitis just three days after the film's release.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:
Smythe, The Butler:Mr. Grayson has decided to see you; The gentleman from the Tribune first.
Stew Smith:[Looks at Baker] There ARE no gentlemen on the Tribune!
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Avalon TownSee more »

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37 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A Genius - Robert Williams - the great loss, 8 September 2004
Author: ytbufflo from mountainair nm

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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