Blonde Venus (1932)


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Struggling to pay her husband's medical expenses while raising a young son, a German nightclub performer's relationship with a rich womanizer prompts her mate to desert her until, years later when she is a star attraction, they are reunited and all is explained in this classic Marlene Dietrich melodrama.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Jules Furthman, S.K. Lauren
In Theaters:
Paramount Pictures


as Helen Faraday/Helen ...

as Edward 'Ned' Faraday

as Nick Townsend

as Johnny Faraday

as Charlie Blaine

as Dan O'Connor

as Ben Smith

as Taxi Belle Hooper

as Detective Wilson

as Dr. Pierce

as Receptionist

as Big Fellow

as Greek Proprietor

as Night Court Judge/Ba...

as New Orleans Officer

as Judge at Nightclub

as Bouncer

as Hitchhiker

as Bouncer

as Landlady

as Cabaret Owner

as French Maid

as Chautard (uncredited...

as Companion

as La Farge

as Bob (uncredited)

as Henry (uncredited)

as Otto (uncredited)

as Baltimore manager (u...
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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 26, 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 9, 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 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Even Josef von Sternberg had his off days.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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


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

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

Super Reviewer

Beautifully photographed, excellent story. Marlene Dietrich is magnificent, she expresses so much in her face, a wonderful actress. Good supporting cast. Herbart Marshall, Hattie McDaniel and Sidney Toler are all exceptional. Wonderful production, excellent pacing.

James Higgins

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