Top 9 non-musical comedies of the 1930s, #1

Marion Davies and Robert Montgomery share words on a balcony in Blondie of the Follies (via doctormacro.com)

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
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