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Kansas City Princess (1934)

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Two wisecracking manicurists flee an irate gangster.



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Complete credited cast:
Glenda Farrell ...
Marie Callahan
Dynamite 'Dynie' Carson
Junior Ashcraft
Osgood Perkins ...
Marcel Duryea - French Private Eye
Alderman James 'Jim' Cameron
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Alderman Sam Warren
Gordon Westcott ...
Jimmy the Dude aka Frankie Smith
Vince Barnett ...
Quincy - Dynamite's Henchman
Dr. Sascha Pilnakoff
Renee Whitney ...
Mrs. 'Lovums' Ashcraft
Arthur Hoyt ...
Mr. Greenway


Rosie and Marie are wisecracking Kansas City manicurists. Marie is an unabashed golddigger but Rosie would like to marry her gangster boyfriend Dynamite, who's given her an expensive ring. When she loses the ring, both friends have to flee Dynamite's wrath; their adventures include masquerading as girl scouts and taking an ocean voyage to Paris. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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What a riot when two man-handling manicurists from the Midwest start trimming mugs and polishing suckers at a convention! (original ad) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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13 October 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I vasilissa tou Kansas  »

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Dynamite 'Dynie' Carson: The only solution to dame trouble is another dame.
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Referenced in The FBI Story (1959) See more »


Try to See It My Way
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
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Miss Blondell & Miss Farrell Are At It Again
16 September 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Two smart dames must take it on the lam when a jealous hoodlum goes out of control.

KANSAS CITY PRINCESS was the sort of ephemeral comic frippery which Warner Brothers Studio produced almost effortlessly during the 1930's. Well made & highly enjoyable, Depression audiences couldn't seem to get enough of these popular, funny photo dramas.

Joan Blondell & Glenda Farrell are perfectly cast as the sassy, fast-talking females who use their wiles to get them all the way to Paris. Unlike their other films, the gals have an even parity here, equally sharing the wisecracks and what little romantics the plot tosses their way.

Robert Armstrong does very well as the somewhat dense petty gangster who precipitates the girls' flight. Hugh Herbert, wacky & whimsical as ever, appears as a hapless millionaire who befriends Blondell & Farrell, making use of them in a hilariously inept plan to catch his faithless wife.

Smaller roles are very nicely filled by T. Roy Barnes & Hobart Cavanaugh as two free spirited aldermen who happily assist the girls when they need it most; and Ivan Lebedeff as the wily Russian doctor who is cuckolding Herbert.

Movie mavens will recognize Arthur Houseman as a inebriate getting a manicure from Blondell; and Lillian Harmer as the formidable Girls of America leader, both unbilled.

While never stars of the first rank, Joan Blondell (1906-1979) & Glenda Farrell (1904-1971) enlivened scores of films at Warner Bros. throughout the 1930's, especially the eight in which they appeared together. Whether playing gold diggers or working girls, reporters or secretaries, these blonde & brassy ladies were very nearly always a match for whatever leading man was lucky enough to share equal billing alongside them. With a wisecrack or a glance, their characters showed they were ready to take on the world - and any man in it. Never as wickedly brazen as Paramount's Mae West, you always had the feeling that, tough as they were, Blondell & Farrell used their toughness to defend vulnerable hearts ready to break over the right guy. While many performances from seven decades ago can look campy or contrived today, these two lovely ladies are still spirited & sassy.

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