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Blonde Venus (1932)

Passed  -  Drama  -  25 November 1932 (France)
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A cabaret singer takes up with a millionaire to pay for her gravely ill husband's operation.

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Herbert Marshall ...
Edward 'Ned' Faraday
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Nick Townsend
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Johnny Faraday
Gene Morgan ...
Ben Smith
Rita La Roy ...
Taxi Belle Hooper
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Dan O'Connor
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Detective Wilson
Morgan Wallace ...
Dr. Pierce
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Charlie, the Bartender (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

American chemist Ned Faraday marries a German entertainer and starts a family. However, he becomes poisoned with Radium and needs an expensive treatment in Germany to have any chance at being cured. Wife Helen returns to night club work to attempt to raise the money and becomes popular as the Blonde Venus. In an effort to get enough money sooner, she prostitutes herself to millionaire Nick Townsend. While Ned is away in Europe, she continues with Nick but when Ned returns cured, he discovers her infidelity. Now Ned despises Helen but she grabs son Johnny and lives on the run, just one step ahead of the Missing Persons Bureau. When they do finally catch her, she loses her son to Ned. Once again she returns to entertaining, this time in Paris, and her fame once again brings her and Townsend together. Helen and Nick return to America engaged, but she is irresistibly drawn back to her son and Ned. In which life does she truly belong? Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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What could she do but flee from love? She loved two men at once! See more »

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25 November 1932 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Deep Night  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Evelyn Brent was an early choice for the part of Taxi Belle hooper. See more »

Quotes

Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones: Snap out of it, kid. Tomorrow's another day.
Down-and-out woman in flophouse: Maybe for you, but not for me.
Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones: Why? What's the matter with tomorrow?
Down-and-out woman in flophouse: I'm gonna' kill myself tomorrow. *That's* what's the matter with it.
Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones: Me too. Make a hole in the water.
Down-and-out woman in flophouse: Why are *you* gonna' kick off?
Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones: Because that's the way I feel. Isn't that reason enough?
Down-and-out woman in flophouse: That's no reason for anything. I've got a GOOD reason: haven't got a dime. Never had any money, and I never WILL have.
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Gruss (Leise zeiht durch mein Gemüth)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Words from a poem by Heinrich Heine
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Fascinating Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich is spellbinding as a woman who takes her son and flees her jealous husband who threatens to take him away. The husband (Herbert Marshall) goes to Europe for his health, but on the money Dietrich makes as the Blonde Venus. When he finds out she's also had an affair with Cary Grant, he goes ballistic. Thin plot has Marshall sending detectives around the world to follow Dietrich as she sinks lower and lower. She finally gives up the boy and returns to nightclub stardom. All ends well. Dietrich sings a few songs along the way and looks gorgeous, but it's her "Hot Voodoo" number, emerging from a gorilla suit via a slow strip, that is sexy and mesmerizing. The storyline is not terribly logical, but hell ... it's Marlene Dietrich doing what she did best: hypnotizing her audience with glamorous, allure, and wit.


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