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Blondie of the Follies (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 1 September 1932 (USA)
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 McClune
Robert Montgomery ... Larry Belmont
Billie Dove ... Lottie Callahan aka Lurline Cavanaugh
Jimmy Durante ... Jimmy
James Gleason ... Pa (Lou)McClune
Zasu Pitts ... Gertie
Sidney Toler ... Pete
Douglass Dumbrille ... Murchenson
Sarah Padden ... Ma McClune
Louise Carter ... Ma Callahan
Clyde Cook ... Dancer
Rocky Twins ... The Rocky Twins - Dance Duo
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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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Frances Marion, the noted screen writer is well remembered for her successes "Min and Bill", "The Champ", "The Big House" and "Emma". But she wins true immortality with her splendid entertainment "Blondie of the Follies." It is the story of two tenement girls who rise to fame in the Follies; luxury, fame, romance is theirs - but sometimes they wonder if they have not paid too great a price! An amazing, spectacular production enacted by a great cast! You're in for a treat! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La reine des girls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$602,620 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Though Jimmy Durante is given star billing, he is only seen for a few minutes entertaining at a party. William Randolph Hearst, Davies' paramour and the producer of the film, often trimmed or even cut scenes out of films in which attention was diverted from Ms. Davies. 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

Follie Girl: Hey, there's a dame in the box with Larry. A blonde.
Lottie: She happens to be a friend of mine.
Follie Girl: Oh, yes? Well, you're a bigger sap than I thought you were.
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Connections

Referenced in American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Three on a Match
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Ted Fio Rito
Lyrics by Ray Egan
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A Follies Life
3 August 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I have to confess some great surprise that William Randolph Hearst had Marion Davies appear in a film so close to the truth of her own life. Because before she was a film star Marion Davies did appear in the Ziegfeld Follies. Not a star to be sure, but was noticed enough by more than William Randolph Hearst.

Blondie McClune comes from the same background as Davies did from the lower middle class Irish and I wouldn't be surprised if Davies had a father in real life like James Gleason. He's a strict dad who takes a dim view of his daughter's new life and the fast crowd she's hanging around with.

Which includes playboy Robert Montgomery and millionaire Douglass Dumbrille whose character is eerily close to Hearst. A friend who was already in the Follies when Marion arrives is Billie Dawn, but that doesn't last long as the women start quarreling about everything including the men they both seem to zero in on.

Dawn and Davies have some scenes with a real vicious bite to them. You can see the anger just build and build in Dawn throughout the film, her's is a performance to watch. Another to watch is Sidney Toler who plays Marion's loafing brother-in-law. Purportedly Davies had a family of dependents who all struck a gold mine when William Randolph Hearst took an interest in her.

Back in the day Ziegfeld's Follies dancers were the tabloid fodder of the day. Their romantic exploits and the rich men they collected around them were big news. That is also shown here.

Blondie Of The Follies also is a great opportunity to see Marion Davies as a dancer. She moves pretty good on the stage, at least as good as Ruby Keeler and Marion could have and should have done more films to show that part of her talent off.

Blondie Of The Follies is a nice backstage story with a good cast with Marion Davies getting to strut her dancing stuff.


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