Platinum Blonde

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Investigative journalist Stew Smith (Robert Williams) has a reputation for being merciless in his reporting. In a break from convention, after writing a tell-all story on a wealthy family of socialites, Stew becomes interested in the daughter (Jean Harlow). The two hit it off, she being a fan of his snarky turns of phrase. But when Stew is forced to quell his wild ways for the sake of her conservative family, he buckles under the pressure and finds he has eyes for a colleague (Loretta Young).

Cast & Crew

Jean Harlow
Ann Schuyler
Robert Williams
Stew Smith
Don Dillaway
Michael Schuyler
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Critic Reviews for Platinum Blonde

All Critics (8) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Platinum Blonde

  • Jun 05, 2018
    An early Capra effort complete with the Depression-era "rich people are jerks" subtext. A down-to-earth regular guy marries above his station, much to the chagrin of everyone involved. Will he become a gentleman dandy or stay true to his everyman roots? Surprisingly Jean Harlow and Loretta Young are cast vice versa and it's disconcerting as hell. But the film belongs tragically to its star, Robert Williams, who is quite good but unfortunately died on the brink of stardom. Not one of the greats, but its doable.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2016
    Rom-com, 1931 style. Robert Williams plays a newspaper reporter who falls for a rich socialite (Jean Harlow) and the two get married, against her mother's objections. The relationship is ill-matched, him resenting being treated as a 'bird in a gilded cage', as he and others put it, and she disliking his crude ways and partying friends. Meanwhile, the gal pal played by Loretta Young carries a torch for him all along. You know how it's going to end, but it's charming nevertheless, has a script full of funny touches, and is well cast all around. Williams is smooth and wonderful, and reminds one of Spencer Tracey. Characteristic to the time, he settles a few disagreements with his fists, but it's as good-natured a way as Capra can make it. He also a couple of very nice romantic scenes with Harlow - the first, talking and then kissing behind the window of a beautiful garden waterfall, and the second, playfully making up and singing a song debating whether he should wear garters or not. It's absolutely tragic that Williams would die at the age of 37 three days after the film's premier, and that Harlow would die six years later at the age of 26.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2010
    There are some great screwball comedies of the 30's and 40's, and this is a terrific early film, directed by the father of feelgood, Frank Capra. Starring such screen greats as Jean Harlow and Loretta Young, the main character of Stew Smith (Robert Williams) is both a cautionary tale and a goofball, which fits with Will Hays' production code, but also is flagrantly absurd. It's a cute little piece of cinema, laden with compromises towards censorship.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2010
    It has been quite awhile since I watched an old movie and I've forgotten how delightful they can be. I've seen plenty of old screwballs and this isn't the best of the best, but it is funny and witty. And Williams is quite hilarious! Almost Grant-esque. Predictable story, but it made me laugh!
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer

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