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Kansas City Princess (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 13 October 1934 (USA)
Two wisecracking manicurists flee an irate gangster.


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Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Rosie Sturges
Glenda Farrell ... Marie Callahan
Robert Armstrong ... Dynamite 'Dynie' Carson
Hugh Herbert ... Junior Ashcraft
Osgood Perkins ... Marcel Duryea - French Private Eye
T. Roy Barnes ... Alderman James 'Jim' Cameron
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Alderman Sam Warren
Gordon Westcott ... Jimmy the Dude aka Frankie Smith
Vince Barnett ... Quincy - Dynamite's Henchman
Ivan Lebedeff ... Dr. Sascha Pilnakoff
Renee Whitney ... Mrs. 'Lovums' Ashcraft
Arthur Hoyt ... Mr. Greenway


Rosie and Marie are wisecracking Kansas City manicurists. Marie is an unabashed golddigger but Rosie would like to marry her gangster boyfriend Dynamite, who's given her an expensive ring. When she loses the ring, both friends have to flee Dynamite's wrath; their adventures include masquerading as girl scouts and taking an ocean voyage to Paris. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Now they're digging gold in Paris! (Print Ad- Canajoharie Courier, ((Canajoharie, NY)) 24 October 1934) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

13 October 1934 (USA) See more »

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Princess of Kansas City See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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The film was completed three months before its release, but Warner Bros. decided to delay the release of the film until after the birth of Joan Blondell's child. So that Blondell would not be off the screen for too long a period. See more »


After Ashcraft tells Marie to get out of his room, she heads toward Rosie's room. Marie does a frantic knock on the door then tries the door handle but the door is locked. Since she wasn't aware that Dr. Sascha had locked Rosie's room; Marie should have first tried the door handle and upon discovering that it was locked then start banging on the door frantically. Glenda Farrell as the actor knowing that the door was locked caused the character to react prematurely thus leading to an error. See more »


Marie Callahan: Do you want to live in a dump like this all your life? Look at your clothes. Look at 'em. You've never had more than two dresses to your name since I've known you. The best you can do is grab ten cent tips from guys who smoke nickel cigars. Ain't you got any ambition?
Rosie Sturges: Sure. Maybe I'll marry Dynamite.
Marie Callahan: Over my corpus delicti!
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Referenced in The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977) See more »


The Girl at the Ironing Board
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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Miss Blondell & Miss Farrell Are At It Again
16 September 2002 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Two smart dames must take it on the lam when a jealous hoodlum goes out of control.

KANSAS CITY PRINCESS was the sort of ephemeral comic frippery which Warner Brothers Studio produced almost effortlessly during the 1930's. Well made & highly enjoyable, Depression audiences couldn't seem to get enough of these popular, funny photo dramas.

Joan Blondell & Glenda Farrell are perfectly cast as the sassy, fast-talking females who use their wiles to get them all the way to Paris. Unlike their other films, the gals have an even parity here, equally sharing the wisecracks and what little romantics the plot tosses their way.

Robert Armstrong does very well as the somewhat dense petty gangster who precipitates the girls' flight. Hugh Herbert, wacky & whimsical as ever, appears as a hapless millionaire who befriends Blondell & Farrell, making use of them in a hilariously inept plan to catch his faithless wife.

Smaller roles are very nicely filled by T. Roy Barnes & Hobart Cavanaugh as two free spirited aldermen who happily assist the girls when they need it most; and Ivan Lebedeff as the wily Russian doctor who is cuckolding Herbert.

Movie mavens will recognize Arthur Houseman as a inebriate getting a manicure from Blondell; and Lillian Harmer as the formidable Girls of America leader, both unbilled.

While never stars of the first rank, Joan Blondell (1906-1979) & Glenda Farrell (1904-1971) enlivened scores of films at Warner Bros. throughout the 1930's, especially the eight in which they appeared together. Whether playing gold diggers or working girls, reporters or secretaries, these blonde & brassy ladies were very nearly always a match for whatever leading man was lucky enough to share equal billing alongside them. With a wisecrack or a glance, their characters showed they were ready to take on the world - and any man in it. Never as wickedly brazen as Paramount's Mae West, you always had the feeling that, tough as they were, Blondell & Farrell used their toughness to defend vulnerable hearts ready to break over the right guy. While many performances from seven decades ago can look campy or contrived today, these two lovely ladies are still spirited & sassy.

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