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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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Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones
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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From the lips of one MAN to the arms of another! See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Release Date:

25 November 1932 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Blonde Venus  »

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| (video: cut)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Uma Thurman performs an homage to Marlene Dietrich's gorilla suit dance in 1997's Batman & Robin. 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

Hot Voodoo
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Played by the orchestra at O'Connor's
Sung by Marlene Dietrich and danced to by the chorus
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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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