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Blondie of the Follies (1932)

Two young women find their friendship strained when one wins a role in a Broadway show, and the other's boyfriend begins to fall for her.

Director:

Edmund Goulding

Writers:

Frances Marion (story), Anita Loos (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Blondie
Robert Montgomery ... Larry
Billie Dove ... Lottie
Jimmy Durante ... Jimmy
James Gleason ... Pa McClune
Zasu Pitts ... Gertie
Sidney Toler ... Pete
Douglass Dumbrille ... Murchenson
Sarah Padden ... Ma McClune
Louise Carter ... Ma Callahan
Clyde Cook ... Dancer
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Storyline

Blondie, a New York tenement dweller, and Lurlene are best friends. When Lurlene makes the cast of a big Broadway show, she arranges for Blondie to join the cast as well. But the friendship goes awry when Lurlene's sweetheart, wealthy Larry Belmont, catches Blondie's act and falls for the fair-haired newcomer. Though she is attracted to Larry as well, Blondie spurns his attentions out of loyalty to her friend. But the attraction proves to be stronger than any of them could have imagined. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La rubia del Follies See more »

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Budget:

$602,620 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The shot of Jimmy Durante entering the party sequence was later used in the "Be a Clown" segment of "That's Entertainment, Part 2" (1976). See more »

Goofs

After Larry and Blondie talk about dogs in China, she runs out and the scene changes to the apartment's patio. There, the shadow of the boom microphone moves onto and off the curtains above the dog in the chair to the left, twice. See more »

Quotes

Pete: Aw, she's up on Park Avenue having breakfast with Lottie. Champagne and caviar. I wish I was a dame.
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Soundtracks

Carnival
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Music by Felix Fourdrain
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Total Davies Delight
29 July 2004 | by drednmSee all my reviews

One of Marion Davies' best performances in this snappy comedy/drama. Davies plays Blondie, a good girl who becomes a success in the follies despite her best friend's effort. Billie Dove (a big silent star in her best talkie role) is excellent as the friend. Robert Montgomery, Zasu Pitts, Sidney Toler, Douglas Dumbrille, and Jimmy Durante co-star. But this is Davies's film from beginning to end. She is totally wonderful, funny, touching, and gorgeous. Again and again I state that Marion Davies was major talent, a great star, and one of Hollywood's great beauties. She's also one of the finest comic actresses EVER! Watch this film and you'll see that Davies was an A-list star, one who deserves to be rediscovered. Blondie of the Follies may be a minor film, but it's well done, entertaining, and boasts terrific performances by Marion Davies and Billie Dove.


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