Blondie of the Follies (Edmund Goulding, 1932)
- Why? This is one of my favorite Marion Davies films, and she definitely gives the stand-out performance as Blondie, a naive, working-class girl who makes it big on Broadway. We may want to thank a certain Mr. Hearst for all of the film’s focus on Marion — while she was captivating in her own right, he reportedly had a number of scene-stealing moments cut from many of Davies’ films to ensure that she would be at the forefront of everyone’s interests and minds. Behind-the-scenes plotting aside, Blondie of the Follies is a fun and fast-paced film, absolutely delightful to watch. And the cameo by Jimmy Durante doesn’t hurt either!
- Favorite character: Blondie, portrayed by Marion Davies
- Favorite quote or scene: Marion and Jimmy Durante doing their grand impression of Grand Hotel