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Platinum Blonde -- Considered one of the best "newspaper comedies" ever made, PLATINUM BLONDE is a fairly authentic glimpse of the real newspaper world. It's a snappy comedy about a wisecracking reporter who marries a wealthy girl but can't stand the confinement of life among high society.

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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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Terrific comedy about the newspaper biz, class struggle and true love See more (52 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)
Suzanne Wood ... Minor Role (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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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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:
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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27 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Terrific comedy about the newspaper biz, class struggle and true love, 28 December 1999
Author: Michael Asimow (asimow@law.ucla.edu) from Los Angeles

Stew Smith is a salt of the earth, street smart, cynical wisecracking reporter who's proud of his $75 a week salary. While tracking a story about a rich kid involved in a breach of promise suit, he gets involved with the Schuylers. This group of nitwits is a super-rich family trying desperately to avoid bad publicity. Stew catches the eye of the gorgeous Ann Schuyler, and the two fall madly in love to the absolute horror of Anne's snooty mother (who unfortunately is afflicted with gastritis). Indeed, Stew and Ann actually get married--with predictably catastrophic results. How will the filmmakers deliver Stew out of Ann's arms and into the arms of Gallagher--the equally gorgeous reporter who's madly in love with Stew?

This wonderful Frank Capra comedy must have appealed greatly to the sentiments of the 1931 audience at the very depths of the Depression. The Schuylers (and their idiot lawyer Dexter Grayson) were everything that people loved to hate--snooty, superior, stupid, wholly undeserving of their vast riches. They are mocked ruthlessly, while Stew Smith and Gallagher, as worthy representatives of the working class, are portrayed with understanding and compassion. Stew briefly embraces the idle life of the super-rich (even to wearing garters), but, of course, this doesn't last long.

This is more than just a film for Frank Capra fans--it's a glorious spoof of the old-time newspaper business and a tasty bit of social history.

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