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Platinum Blonde (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 31 October 1931 (USA)
A young woman from a very rich family impulsively marries a reporter, but each assumes the other is the one whose lifestyle must change.

Director:

Frank Capra (as Frank R. Capra)

Writers:

Harry Chandlee (story) (as Harry E. Chandlee), Douglas W. Churchill (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Gallagher
Robert Williams ... Stew Smith
Jean Harlow ... Ann Schuyler
Halliwell Hobbes ... Butler
Reginald Owen ... Grayson
Edmund Breese ... Conroy - the Editor
Don Dillaway ... Michael Schuyler (as Donald Dillaway)
Walter Catlett ... Bingy
Claud Allister ... Dawson - the Valet (as Claude Allister)
Louise Closser Hale ... Mrs. Schuyler
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Storyline

Reporter Gallagher loves reporter Smith who marries Anne. He's soon bored being married to a socialite and asks Gallagher to help him write a play. She arrives with a bunch of reporters and the mansion turns into a party. Anne arrives and orders them out and Smith goes with them. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

She Was Gorgeous - He Was A Man . . . So, the other girl had to wait !

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gallagher See more »

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Budget:

£600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The $50 bribe offered by the lawyer would equate to $780 in 2016. The $10,000 mentioned to settle the matter of breach-of-promise would be the same as almost $156,000 in 2016. See more »

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When they are looking at the front page of "The Tribune Paper", in the headlines the word "okay" is misspelled. It shows "It's okey with me." See more »

Quotes

Stew Smith: [to Anne] I know what's wrong. I'm colorblind. That's what's wrong, I'm colorblind. I've been sitting here for a half-hour looking at you and I don't know yet whether your eyes are blue or violet.
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Referenced in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

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Avalon Town
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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Nice, bristling romantic comedy
19 September 2001 | by boris-26See all my reviews

PLATINUM BLONDE marks the start of three careers- First, Frank Capra. He has a natural style of handling actors. There is scene where lovebirds Jean Harlow and Robert Williams mock sing-song to each other. It feels improvised, very natural, unlike the stage learned dialog that infested early talkies. He's experimental with camera angles, and playing with sound (One scene is filmed by a crackling fountain) and he keeps the pace and dialog delivery going at rocket pace. Then you have Jean Harlow. Wow, do you have Jean Harlow! Not only is she stunningly beautiful (even when photographed from behind) but she has a cool, likable wit (She suppose to be a society dame, but she makes the character so likable, you just want to hang around). Thirdly, you have Robert Williams, who was just starting to make a name for himself with this 1931 film. Sadly, this bristling talent died later that year of appendicitis. He's wonderfully energetic, quirky and full of speed (He's so wonderfully jumpy when he feels enclosed in a stuffy mansion you'd think he has Starbucks running through his viens.) PLATINUM BLONDE seems to be dress rehersal for the film Capra would make five years later- MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN (My favorite Capra film) Williams (Like Gary Cooper) is labeled "Cinderella Man", he loves yodelling and getting the servants to yodel in his newfound mansion home. Catch this film if you can.


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