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Blondie of the Follies (1932)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  1 September 1932 (USA)
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Blondie, a New York tenement dweller, and Lurlene are best friends. When Lurlene makes the cast of a big Broadway show, she arranges for Blondie to join the cast as well. But the friendship... See full summary »

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Blondie, a New York tenement dweller, and Lurlene are best friends. When Lurlene makes the cast of a big Broadway show, she arranges for Blondie to join the cast as well. But the friendship goes awry when Lurlene's sweetheart, wealthy Larry Belmont, catches Blondie's act and falls for the fair-haired newcomer. Though she is attracted to Larry as well, Blondie spurns his attentions out of loyalty to her friend. But the attraction proves to be stronger than any of them could have imagined. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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1 September 1932 (USA)  »

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La rubia del Follies  »

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Though Jimmy Durante is given star billing, he is only seen for a few minutes entertaining at a party. William Randolph Hearst, Davies' paramour and the producer of the film, often trimmed or even cut scenes out of films in which attention was diverted from Ms. Davies. See more »


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Why Don't You Take Me?
(1932) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Edmund Goulding
Copyright 1932 by Metro-Golwyn-Mayer Corp and Leo. Feist, Inc.
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Interesting but Ineffective
30 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A pre-code entry that is not quite a Musical, not quite a Comedy, and not quite a Soap. It is none of these things and all of these things. That makes it an interesting if unsatisfying Movie. There is less "skin" in this than most of the early backstage stuff although the subject matter is certainly risqué.

Of interest to Film Buffs for the time frame and the infamous Marion Davies of William Randolph Hearst lore (made forever relevant in Citizen Kane (1940). There is much here to watch as it is presented with verve and that MGM professionalism. The Dialog is salty at times and spunky.

The Musical numbers, what little there are, come off as filler and unremarkable. The worst of it is probably the unfunny, untalented and dated Jimmy Durante. Inserted here for some reason, most likely Business.

There is an abrupt transition from middle to ending that seems like there are scenes missing and it is rather jarring. But overall this is a good "Drama" that may have an identity crisis. It works best as a rags to riches Depression Era story that audiences were using as an escape mechanism. For that it was well handled, but Artistically it suffers a bit from an inability to grab a style and stick with it.


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