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.
Drama , Romance
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Paramount Pictures


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 Emmett O'Connor
as Dan O'Connor
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
Mildred Washington
as Black Girl
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
Bessie Lyle
as Grace
Sterling Holloway
as Hitchhiker
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 (14) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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.

Full Review… | January 27, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Even Josef von Sternberg had his off days.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Atmospheric and visually stimulating but Josef von Sternberg's morality tale is a little thin.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Empire Magazine

You'll not see many films superior to this in their use of visual detail, tempo, humour and double-edged significance.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Blonde Venus

This may not be the best Josef von Sternberg and Dietrich combination, but their "worse" is still worth a viewing or two. This film deserves more recognition than it gets, if only for the gorilla dance scene.

Vadim Dyment
Vadim Dyment

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

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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