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Blonde Venus (1932)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 September 1932 (USA)
A cabaret singer takes up with a millionaire to pay for her gravely ill husband's operation.

Writers:

Jules Furthman (by), S.K. Lauren (by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlene Dietrich ... Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones
Herbert Marshall ... Edward 'Ned' Faraday
Cary Grant ... Nick Townsend
Dickie Moore ... Johnny Faraday
Gene Morgan ... Ben Smith
Rita La Roy ... Taxi Belle Hooper
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Dan O'Connor
Sidney Toler ... Detective Wilson
Morgan Wallace ... Dr. Pierce
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Storyline

American chemist Ned Faraday marries a German entertainer and starts a family. However, he becomes poisoned with Radium and needs an expensive treatment in Germany to have any chance at being cured. Wife Helen returns to night club work to attempt to raise the money and becomes popular as the Blonde Venus. In an effort to get enough money sooner, she prostitutes herself to millionaire Nick Townsend. While Ned is away in Europe, she continues with Nick but when Ned returns cured, he discovers her infidelity. Now Ned despises Helen but she grabs son Johnny and lives on the run, just one step ahead of the Missing Persons Bureau. When they do finally catch her, she loses her son to Ned. Once again she returns to entertaining, this time in Paris, and her fame once again brings her and Townsend together. Helen and Nick return to America engaged, but she is irresistibly drawn back to her son and Ned. In which life does she truly belong? Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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From the lips of one MAN to the arms of another! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Fifth in the seven films Dietrich and von Sternberg made together. See more »

Goofs

Check is shown on screen written to Helen Jones. This is her stage name so not sure how she will cash the check. See more »

Quotes

Janitor: [to his wife] If you don't shut up, I'll give you a bust in the mouth.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown with a background of water reflected at a swimming hole. As the credits end, we see women swimming in the swimming hole. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original German release and some television prints of "Blonde Venus" exclude the opening scene, where Herbert Marshall encounters Marlene Dietrich and friends "skinny-dipping" in a lake. See more »


Soundtracks

Symphony No. 3 'Scottish'
(uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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One of Dietrich's best and a great love story
29 September 2002 | by chinaskeeSee all my reviews

This is Marlene Dietrich at her best. From reading the reviews here all I can say is there's a whole lot of people in this world who are way too cynical. Marlene Dietrich and Herbert Marshall loved each other in this film, for crying out loud. There is no other way this movie could have or should have ended, without seeming contrived and false. And maybe Marlene Dietrich couldn't sing. So what ? The only actress in cinema movie history who ever rivaled her in sex appeal was Greta Garbo. This is a great movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

23 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Indiscretion See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video: cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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