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Blondie Johnson (1933)

TV-G  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  25 February 1933 (USA)
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Story of a Depression-downtrodden waif who uses her brains instead of her body to rise from tyro con artist to crime boss.

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Blondie Johnson
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Danny Jones
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Louie
Earle Foxe ...
Al Scannel
Claire Dodd ...
Gladys LaMann
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Mae
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Jewelry Store Manager
Olin Howland ...
Eddie
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Red Charley
Toshia Mori ...
Lulu
Arthur Vinton ...
Max Wagner
Donald Kirke ...
Joe
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Story of a Depression-downtrodden waif who uses her brains instead of her body to rise from tyro con artist to crime boss.

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She put her own man on the spot. (Newspaper ad cut). See more »

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Crime | Drama

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25 February 1933 (USA)  »

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Gynaika gangster  »

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When the jewelry store calls the bank to inquire about the $4600 check that Blondie has presented them with, the bookkeeper at the bank gives her actual first name as "Grace". But on her arrest record and the door to her office later in the film her full name is given as "Virginia M. Johnson". See more »

Quotes

Red: I can see the hand-writin' on the ceiling.
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Oh! You Beautiful Doll
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Nat Ayer
Played during the opening credits
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67 Minutes of Zippy Pre-Code Gangster Fun
18 May 2013 | by (Corning, California) – See all my reviews

Character actress/star Joan Blondell makes the most of Blondie Johnson, appearing first as a down-and-outer fired from her previous job because she wouldn't put out for the boss and then developing as an assertive, sassy, gang leader. She's is determined to get ahead in a man's world, and uses her snappy sense of humor, and both her sensitivity and her sensuality to move to the top and earn the respect of her fellow mobsters--simultaneously shooting for romance with (boring) Chester Morris.

After the film is over, it really doesn't seem like we've watched a gangster movie, simply because Warner Brothers knew how to be topical by suggestion, and in the period when this film was made, a good deal could be broadly hinted at that was frowned upon in later years: making money the easy way through prostitution, evoking fear in others through protection rackets, and particularly in this film, making a woman boss of the mob. It all looks like great, harmless fun. But after about 1934 and the Production Code, for most actresses it was back to domesticity and the kitchen for almost thirty years!

It's a zippy 67 minutes with a familiar Warner's cast, including silent star Mae Busch, the ubiquitous comedy relief Allen Jenkins, and as the "other woman," cynical Claire Dodd. Today there's more than enough menace in a gangster film, another brutal murder just around the corner, another bloodbath waiting; if there's any fun to be had, it's happening elsewhere. But once upon a time one could easily sit through an escapist double feature with this, essentially a gangster romp, as a starter, and perhaps an Edward G. Robinson or Cagney film as the longer main feature. Now you can enjoy this whenever you want a little break!


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