Story of a Depression-downtrodden waif who uses her brains instead of her body to rise from tyro con artist to crime boss.


Ray Enright, Lucien Hubbard (uncredited)


Earl Baldwin (story), Earl Baldwin (screenplay)





Cast overview:
Joan Blondell ... Blondie Johnson
Chester Morris ... Danny Jones
Allen Jenkins ... Louie
Earle Foxe ... Al Scannel
Claire Dodd ... Gladys LaMann
Mae Busch ... Mae
Joseph Cawthorn ... Jewelry Store Manager (as Joe Cawthorn)
Olin Howland ... Eddie
Sterling Holloway ... Red Charley
Toshia Mori ... Lulu
Arthur Vinton ... Max Wagner
Donald Kirke ... Joe


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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When Blondie is talking to Danny at his apartment, she is reclining on the sofa with her legs stretched out straight. But on the next immediate cut when Danny confronts her; she is now sitting up with her legs in a folded position. See more »


Danny Jones: I like you too much to let you fool yourself. Max is on to you. He don't like you at all. He told me to drop you.
Blondie Johnson: Drop me?
Danny Jones: Yeah. He thinks you're too smart. I ain't got any use for dames without ears.
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Don't You Remember Me
Music by Sam H. Stept
Played during the opening photo credits
Also played when Danny and Blondie first meet and often in the score
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Atypical Tough "Gal" Gangster Movie
12 April 2014 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Here is a Pre-Code Gangster Movie with, wait for it, a Female Mob Boss. There is an Interracial Couple (Japanese/White), a Low-Cut Peek at Joan Blondell, and some Bullet Blood. That's about it for the Pre-Code Highlights although there is some Bedroom Banter that would Later become Taboo. A Friend asks "Blondie, why don't you give him a tumble?" for Example.

It's got typical Warner Bros. Snappy Patter and Chester Morris' forever present Dangling Cigarette is Stereotypically "charming". The Script Employs a Clever Con on a Jewelry Store, some Hard-Boiled Inner-Gang Violence and Always has Blondie with the Upper Hand.

Another Highlight in this Atypical Depression Era Movie is when Blondie gets Frisked by a Cop "Woman", She finds a small caliber pistol Tucked Away very close to a Forbidden Location, that even in a Pre-Coder is Rarely Referenced or given any Attention, and the Scene does not Shy away from the Search as the Dyke like Cop has Her Hands right where they don't Belong.

Worth a Watch for its Decisively Differentness and the Always Pleasing to the Eye Joan Blondell, where She, not Only Her Character, more than Holds Her Own with Her Tough Guy Companions.

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Release Date:

25 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blondie Johnson See more »


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$151,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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