Blonde Venus Reviews
She's got a child in this one, but the movie doesn't suffer or become saccharine because of it. Going from destitute to the toast of Paris in a very short time is hard to buy, but other than that this is life, this is the real stuff. Von Sternberg was a genius.
One of her best.
Basically, this is another von Sternberg-Dietrich collaboration that once again LOOKS fantastic, well-lighted, beautifully scored, and it's gorgeous to look at. Just try not to let the plot distract you from all that beauty...
As a tid-bit: this is Cary Grant's first role - he plays a secondary lead role - despite Mae West's lifelong claim that she discovered Grant and that he had only done 'some screen-tests with starlets' before she personally nabbed him for his memorable part in "She Done Him Wrong". Clearly though, this film predates the Mae West one, both the shooting period and the release, by almost a year.