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Blondie Johnson (1933)

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Set during the Depression, this crime drama centers upon a basically honest girl who is forced into prostitution by circumstance. She then becomes a gangster's moll where she learns a bitter lesson about the criminal life.
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    NR
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    Warner Bros. Pictures

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Cast

Joan Blondell
as Blondie Johnson
Earl Foxe
as Scannell
Claire Dodd
as Gladys La Mann
Earle Foxe
as Scannell
Joseph Cawthorn
as Jewelry Store Manager
Sterling Holloway
as Red Charley
Arthur Vinton
as Max Wagner
Sam Godfrey
as Freddie
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Critic Reviews for Blondie Johnson

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Essentially a rise-and-fall gangster movie with a gender twist -- 'The Public Enemy' in skirts, at least until the filmmakers lose their nerve and trade toughness for sentiment and cynicism for romance.

Full Review… | February 11, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Blondie Johnson

½

This almost forgotten film -- I can't find it listed in any of the half dozen standard film encyclopedias I have -- is a very good example of the Warner's pre-code social drama, with Joan Blondell in one of her best roles as a poor girl in the Depression who swears she'll do anything necessary to get the only thing in life that matters: dough. With that setting, you can pretty much predict the plot, but the film's attractions don't depend on suspense. See it instead for Blondell's classic portrayal as a wisecracking dame, for the interesting supporting roles by Sterling Holloway and other character actors whom you've seen in a million other old movies, and for the luscious 1930s Art Deco sets and wardrobes. The Warner's DVD quality is just adequate; this film really deserves better treatment.

Jon Corelis
Jon Corelis

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