Blonde Venus (1932)



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In this film, Marlene Dietrich stars as Helen Faraday, a German cabaret singer in the States whose husband, Ned, falls ill. Struggling to afford his care and to support their son Johnny, she works at a nightclub and succumbs to the advances of wealthy playboy Nick.


Marlene Dietrich
as Helen Faraday/Helen Jones
Herbert Marshall
as Edward 'Ned' Faraday
Cary Grant
as Nick Townsend
Dickie Moore
as Johnny Faraday
Francis Sayles
as Charlie Blaine
Robert E. O'Connor
as Dan O'Connor
Gene Morgan
as Ben Smith
Rita La Roy
as Taxi Belle Hooper
Sidney Toler
as Detective Wilson
Morgan Wallace
as Dr. Pierce
Gertrude Short
as Receptionist
Harold Berquist
as Big Fellow
Dewey Robinson
as Greek Proprietor
Davison Clark
as Night Court Judge/Bartender
Brady Kline
as New Orleans Officer
Clifford Dempsey
as Judge at Nightclub
Al Bridge
as Bouncer
Alan Bridge
as Bouncer
Mary Gordon
as Landlady
Cecil Cunningham
as Cabaret Owner
Marcelle Corday
as French Maid
Emile Chautard
as Chautard (uncredited)
Pat Somerset
as Companion
Robert Graves
as La Farge
Charles Morton
as Bob (uncredited)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink
as Henry (uncredited)
Jerry Tucker
as Otto (uncredited)
Lloyd Whitlock
as Baltimore manager (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Blonde Venus

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

A disappointer. Much of the blame is to be laid at director Josef von Sternberg's doorstep.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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The film is certainly a mess at one level, with damaging fluctuations in tone and pace, and some ropey supporting performances, but it remains enough of a visual triumph to earn its place in the series of Dietrich movies.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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Top Critic

A muddled, unimaginative and generally hapless piece of work, relieved somewhat by the talent and charm of the German actress and Herbert Marshall's valiant work in a thankless rôle.

Jan 28, 2006 | Full Review…

Even Josef von Sternberg had his off days.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

its framing of conventional melodramatic narrative beats with excessive visual style doesn't always work, making it feel at times like a fractured work, one with two personalities working against each other.

Aug 5, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Sudsy, but where else will you see Dietrich singing "Hot Voodoo" while initially wearing a gorilla costume and then a white afro?

Jul 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blonde Venus


one of the odder dietrich/sternberg collaborations, this one juxtaposes the decadent high life against comfortable domesticity. i personally take issue with the choice she made haha. includes the famous gorilla suit number and cary grant

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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I didn't get this movie. If people would have taken more time to discuss their problems the story would have been a lot different. It was just stupid to me, but the acting was good, so I didn't rate it so low.

Aj V
Aj V

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