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Blondie Johnson (1933)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 25 February 1933 (USA)
Story of a Depression-downtrodden waif who uses her brains instead of her body to rise from tyro con artist to crime boss.

Directors:

Ray Enright, Lucien Hubbard (uncredited)

Writers:

Earl Baldwin (story), Earl Baldwin (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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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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Here she is...Miss Public Enemy No. 1! (Newspaper ad cut). See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gynaika gangster See more »

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Budget:

$151,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Blondie Johnson: Would you like to dance?
Al Scannel: If you're not afraid.
Blondie Johnson: Of who?
Al Scannel: You're marvelous.
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Soundtracks

I Wish I Had Wings
(uncredited)
Written by Harry M. Woods
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67 Minutes of Zippy Pre-Code Gangster Fun
18 May 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

Character actress/star Joan Blondell makes the most of Blondie Johnson, appearing first as a down-and-outer fired from her previous job because she wouldn't put out for the boss and then developing as an assertive, sassy, gang leader. She's is determined to get ahead in a man's world, and uses her snappy sense of humor, and both her sensitivity and her sensuality to move to the top and earn the respect of her fellow mobsters--simultaneously shooting for romance with (boring) Chester Morris.

After the film is over, it really doesn't seem like we've watched a gangster movie, simply because Warner Brothers knew how to be topical by suggestion, and in the period when this film was made, a good deal could be broadly hinted at that was frowned upon in later years: making money the easy way through prostitution, evoking fear in others through protection rackets, and particularly in this film, making a woman boss of the mob. It all looks like great, harmless fun. But after about 1934 and the Production Code, for most actresses it was back to domesticity and the kitchen for almost thirty years!

It's a zippy 67 minutes with a familiar Warner's cast, including silent star Mae Busch, the ubiquitous comedy relief Allen Jenkins, and as the "other woman," cynical Claire Dodd. Today there's more than enough menace in a gangster film, another brutal murder just around the corner, another bloodbath waiting; if there's any fun to be had, it's happening elsewhere. But once upon a time one could easily sit through an escapist double feature with this, essentially a gangster romp, as a starter, and perhaps an Edward G. Robinson or Cagney film as the longer main feature. Now you can enjoy this whenever you want a little break!


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