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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Joan Blondell, glamorous star of a dozen great hits as the blonde flame who sets Hell's Kitchen on fire. (Newspaper ad cut). See more »

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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 »

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Red: I can see the hand-writin' on the ceiling.
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Under My Umbrella
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Music by George W. Meyer and Pete Wendling
Played when Blondie first pays off Red and meets Danny
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15 December 2006 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

While most of the movies in this period tried to find some new way of telling the detective story, many worked on the gangster side as well. Today, we don't quite appreciate the cleverness in the variety. I think in part because the things that didn't get embedded in the form just aren't seen even if you watch the movie.

Superficially, this is a story of a poor gal who climbs her way to the top of the gang ladder and falls in love along the way in spite of herself. And it has some snappy dialog of the type common in gangster movies of the era. But it has ambitions beyond that, getting darn close to sex as power, sex as beneficial crime. Blondie not only has to fight male kingpins, but she has to best their molls too.

All the sex is implied here, odd because of the time: before the code was enforced. But it permeates, even in the earliest scenes where Blondie is impoverished because she refused a screwing by the boss.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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