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Antonius Block
Super Reviewer
½ May 1, 2016
What's not to like about this movie? You have James Cagney as a smooth hotel bellhop, chasing women and intent on making it big. You have beautiful Joan Blondell standing up for herself, refusing to give in to his advances or to a hotel patron's, and not afraid to dish out a good slap across the face. You also have her taking a bath, for crying out loud! As well wear a very pretty wedding gown, although her marriage may not be to who you think.

The film has the two of them improbably teaming up to dupe people out of their money, and the ways in which do this are sometimes quite clever. The little fish get swallowed up by bigger fish at one turn, and there are feints and double crosses along the way, prompting Cagney to famously say 'that dirty double-crossin' rat!' I'm not sure why there is criticism about the ending, but won't spoil it except to say it's perfectly balanced.

Despite all the larceny, the movie is playful and it's a joy to watch the banter and chemistry between Cagney and Blondell. He playfully struts across the floor, calls her 'honn-ee', and is gentle with her after he's grabbed her and she tells him he's hurting her (which is nice particularly given the time!). I have no idea why the movie was called 'Blonde Crazy', except to say it may make you Blondell Crazy. :) And what a fantastic year 1931 was for James Cagney! 'The Public Enemy' appeared in the same year. This one would be a great introduction to films of this period - it's entertaining, and had all of the right touches.
March 14, 2016
An old but still pretty fresh movie about con artists. Like a Lubitsch movie but without Lubitsch, and much more American. It does well to link the con artists to the "legitimate" stock market/broker.
November 19, 2015
The attraction here is the chance to see a very young Cagney, Blondell, and even younger Ray Milland. Unfortunately, the hackneyed script and pure direction make these three stars seem like jewels lost in a gravel pile.
Don't get me wrong, it's fun to see, but not worth so much praise. Save your enthusiasm for Footlight Parade-a far superior Cagney/Blondell feature.
Super Reviewer
November 19, 2015
Routine Warners film is improved immeasurably by the great team of Cagney & Blondell.
June 12, 2015
A classic forbidden Hollywood early 1930s crime comedy drama pre code 1931 movie the bath tub scene and James Cagney you Dirty rat dialogs are in this movie.
½ September 22, 2014
weird movie hard to find someone to root 4
½ July 6, 2014
Early Cagney, slappy Blondell, snappy Warner Bros.
Super Reviewer
½ November 1, 2011
the cutest couple this side of the 'thin man' series, cagney and blondell made six films together in the 30s. this one followed on the heels of cagney's breakout role in 'public enemy'. it's more of a comedic role for cagney and it's interesting to watch his developing screen persona, still a bit awkward in early scenes. cagney and blondell play grifters and partners in crime mostly running the 'badger game' against wealthy businessmen. blondell ultimately wants to settle down but finds cagney too irresponsible, instead falling for a wall street trader who turns out less respectable than expected (not much has changed). lots of naughty fun like only precode hollywood could turn out
½ April 24, 2011
Jimmy cagney plays a griffter, going from town to town, the big things that sets this one apart really is, its the griffter (cagney) who longs for his sweatheart but is turned away at every corner, its not your typical, gangster turns the girl away, a good movie with a moving ending
April 16, 2011
good stuff this pre-code gem has blondell & cagney as a couple of con-men/grifters out on the make short n sweet subject matter that never would have been made after the production code.
September 29, 2009
recommended by veronique k.
Super Reviewer
½ September 29, 2009
"blonde crazy" is jimmy cagney's pre-code comedy, and also in my opinion, his first and only successful attempt of being cinematic romanticist before william wellman's "public enemy" catapults him into the smashing icon of misogynistic gangster who smashes grapefruit to a dame's face . it features joan bondell in her supremacy of beauty and youthful brightness before she descends into the typecasting of wisecracking sassy moll/doll in the warner's 30s gangster genre , especially in the bathtub scene. generally it's a quaint pre-code romantic comedy on the backset of rocketeering gangsterism without too much of profanity.

cagney is a hotel waiter who's enamour of a newly arrived blonde (played by bondell) who is reluctant to appreciate his aggressive courtship. so cagney hooks bondell to be his bussiness partner of larceny to con rich fellow who's blinded by lust. then bondell gets smitten with a suave bourgeois gentleman(played by the young, fresh-faced ray milland) to leave cagney heart-broken. so in the end, how cagney's gonna to court back the dame he truly loves with his un-requited chivalry? it also reflects the anarchistic mindset of the proteriats in the great depression that rascal could be a romanticist of genuine nobility while the gent of idle rich could be rotten inside.

the ending is a surprisingly sweet romantic twist which is expressed effectively in the last 10 mins. (which won't be revelt here) director roy del ruth also makes another flick with cagney and mae clarke in "ladykiller" which steals some "grapefruit chauvinism" from "public enemy"...perhaps cagney's comic and romantic potentiality has been dwarfed by the charismatic brute image he renders so well in "public enemy" but it shows so well in "blonde crazy" with joan bondell here even he lacks every essential attribute as romantic lead, such as looks, grace and the affinity with female audience. instead, he could manage his cagney-kind of romanticism like bogart did in the 40s with lauren bacall.
June 13, 2009
James Cagney teams with Joan Blondell as a couple of con atrists out for whatever they can get. The film is famous for Cagney's line, "That dirty, double-crossin' rat!"
August 28, 2008
I saw this only recently at the film festival in Bologna, and I fell in love with James Cagney all over again.

More should be done to revive and restore early Hollywood sound pictures.

"Hello Hooooney!"
July 7, 2008
Cagney + Blondell will eat your children.
July 3, 2008
One of my favorite movies, James Cagney was so charming... Huh-neeeeeeeey. Only thing I didn't LOVE was the ending... I liked the last line, but it weirded me out. haha.
May 21, 2008
i love this movie more than is humanly possible!
April 8, 2008
Cagney and Blondell are excellent together in this caper-heavy drama.
January 14, 2008
The movie starts out well enough, but the last ten minutes feel like they were tacked on to increase running time and don't really feel like they are part of the same movie. Cagney and Blondell are always great fun though, and I enjoyed some of the cons that they pulled, plus LOOK! It's Charlie Lane!
January 12, 2008
I love the way Cagney says "Hoooneeey" to Blondell and how she's always slapping him. The naughty pre-Code bits and creative cons they pull off make this movie a riot.
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