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Blondie of the Follies (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 1 September 1932 (USA)
Two young women find their friendship strained when one wins a role in a Broadway show, and the other's boyfriend begins to fall for her.

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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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Frances Marion, the noted screen writer is well remembered for her successes "Min and Bill", "The Champ", "The Big House" and "Emma". But she wins true immortality with her splendid entertainment "Blondie of the Follies." It is the story of two tenement girls who rise to fame in the Follies; luxury, fame, romance is theirs - but sometimes they wonder if they have not paid too great a price! An amazing, spectacular production enacted by a great cast! You're in for a treat! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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1 September 1932 (USA)  »

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La rubia del Follies  »

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$602,620 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The shot of Jimmy Durante entering the party sequence was later used in the "Be a Clown" segment of "That's Entertainment, Part 2" (1976). See more »

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After Larry and Blondie talk about dogs in China, she runs out and the scene changes to the apartment's patio. There, the shadow of the boom microphone moves onto and off the curtains above the dog in the chair to the left, twice. See more »

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Blondie: You see if I don't know what its all about! I'll keep my promise to you about Larry. But, there are plenty of other men. And I'm going in for a big time, kitty!
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La Marseillaise
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Interesting but Ineffective
30 April 2013 | by 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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