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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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Certificate:

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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

You Little So-and-So
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Marlene Dietrich at the Star Cafe
Played as background music
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Nice photography, musical scenes
4 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This film has some wonderful moments, particularly the nightclub scenes where Dietrich "stripteases" out of a gorilla suit, and the pastoral opening sequence where the two lovers meet. The latter is handled in a very early 20s European style reminiscent of the heady days of Maurice Tourneur. The modern "American" sequences are too static, though, and the story is just a superficial melodrama that doesn't involve me too much. Cary Grant plays his early character type from the Mae West films with far less interesting results. One thing that is cool is that the club sequences give one an idea of what Dietrich's famous cabaret style might have been like.


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