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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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Release Date:

25 November 1932 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Deep Night  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cary Grant said that Josef von Sternberg directed him not really much during the filming, but taught him the most important thing. On the first day Grant came on the set, von Sternberg looked at him and said, "Your hair is parted on the wrong side." So Grant parted it on the other side and kept it that way the rest of his career. See more »

Quotes

Taxi Belle Hooper: So you're the Blonde Venus. Don't tell me you thought of that label all by yourself.
Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones: No. Mister O'Connor told me it would help me in my work.
Taxi Belle Hooper: He would. He didn't have to think up any name for me when I put this dump on the map. My name's Taxi Belle Hooper. Taxi for short.
Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones: Do you charge for the first mile?
Taxi Belle Hooper: Say, you trying' to ride me? Don't get the wrong idea. They call me Taxi because I won't ride in nothin' else. Safety first, that's my motto. Good drinking partners always make bad drivers... ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown with a background of water reflected at a swimming hole. As the credits end, we see women swimming in the swimming hole. See more »

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Soundtracks

I Couldn't Be Annoyed
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Marlene Dietrich in French at the Paris nightclub
Reprised by her in English
Played as background music
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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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