Make it a Marathon: 24 Hours of Joan Blondell

In the past, when I’ve put together “Make it a Marathon” lists, I’ve been somewhat surprised by the number of films that can be watched in 24 hours. The greatest number of films I’ve ever watched in a day is probably around five, but if you want to get technical, even with two-hour films you could watch twelve in a day.

(Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

Joan as Mabel in Dames (Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

For an actress like Joan Blondell, who made many shorter films in the 1930s (around an hour long), that number grows even larger. Today’s list includes 15 films and one television episode!

Blondell shares the screen with Stanwyck in Night Nurse (Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

As always, I’d like to remind you that this list is hypothetical. I don’t actually recommend that you sit on your couch and watch films for 24 straight hours. But, if you were to attempt such a feat, here are the films you could watch featuring Joan Blondell!

Blonde Crazy (1931) – 79 minutes

Night Nurse (1931) – 72 minutes

Other Men’s Women (1931) – 70 minutes

The Public Enemy (1931) – 83 minutes

Big City Blues (1932) – 63 minutes

(Image via acidemic.blogspot.com)

“Remember My Forgotten Man” – Gold Diggers of 1933 (Image via acidemic.blogspot.com)

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) – 97 minutes

Goodbye Again (1933) – 66 minutes

Dames (1934) – 91 minutes

(Image via 2009and-scene.blogspot.com)

Joan stars opposite Melvyn Douglas in There’s Always a Woman (Image via 2009and-scene.blogspot.com)

Bullets or Ballots (1936) – 82 minutes

There’s Always a Woman (1938) – 81 minutes

Topper Returns (1941) – 88 minutes

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) – 129 minutes

Nightmare Alley (1947) – 110 minutes

Desk Set (1957) – 103 minutes

That Girl, Season 2, Episode 27 (1968) – 30 minutes

Grease (1978) – 110 minutes

This playlist of 15 films and one TV episode adds up to 1,354 minutes, or about 22.5 hours, leaving 86 minutes for snack breaks and stretches!

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