Back in Circulation (1937)

“Are you sure you didn’t poison the old boy yourself, just to get a scoop?” Timmy Blake (Joan Blondell) is a top-notch reporter working for the Chronicle. She’s got a knack for getting the real scoop, and her editor, Bill Morgan (Pat O’Brien), knows how lucky he is to have her at the paper. Even luckier, the two have fallen in love. Their romance and … Continue reading Back in Circulation (1937)

Topper Returns (1941)

Gail (Joan Blondell) and Ann (Carole Landis) are in a car wreck one day on their way to the home of Ann’s estranged father. They’re nearly stranded, but luckily, Cosmo Topper (Roland Young) and his chauffeur happen to pass by. Topper rescues the girls and drops them at the Carrington mansion, though it looks practically deserted. There’s an eerie aura about the place, but they’re eventually … Continue reading Topper Returns (1941)

Favorite things about… Blonde Crazy (1931)

The favorite film: Blonde Crazy, a pre-code crime comedy from Warner Bros. The cast: James Cagney as Bert Joan Blondell as Ann Louis Calhern as Dapper Dan Noel Francis as Helen Ray Milland as Joe Guy Kibbee as A. Rupert Johnson Jr. The synopsis: Bellhop Bert Harris helps Ann Roberts get a job as a chambermaid at the hotel where he works. Bellhoppin’ isn’t Bert’s … Continue reading Favorite things about… Blonde Crazy (1931)

Cry ‘Havoc’ (1943)

“This is the story of thirteen women. Only two of them, Captain Alice Marsh and Lieutenant Mary Smith, were members of the armed forces of the United States. The others were civilians, American women who – until that fateful day in December – knew no more of war than did you, or your nearest neighbor.” With this narration, Cry ‘Havoc’ begins, bringing the viewer to … Continue reading Cry ‘Havoc’ (1943)

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. For an actress like … Continue reading Make it a Marathon: 24 Hours of Joan Blondell

Goodbye Again (1933)

Kenneth Bixby (Warren William) is a sensation of the American literary world, having written a number of best-selling, well-received novels. By his side through it all is Anne Rogers (Joan Blondell), his faithful secretary. While on a lecture tour, Kenneth reconnects with Julie Wilson (Genevieve Tobin), a girlfriend from his past. Julie believes she inspired the central character of Kenneth’s latest novel, and she wants … Continue reading Goodbye Again (1933)

Star Spotlight: Joan Blondell

Joan Blondell Born Rose Joan Blondell Date of birth: August 30, 1906 Date of death: December 25, 1979 Roles First role: Sinner’s Holiday (1930) or The Office Wife (1930) – I was unable to find a straight answer! Final role: The Woman Inside (1981) Best known for… …her trademark blonde hair, bright smile and large eyes. …playing the charming, sassy, wisecracking lady in many of … Continue reading Star Spotlight: Joan Blondell

There’s Always a Woman (1938)

William Reardon (Melvyn Douglas) has been forced to shut the doors of his private eye business and take a job at the district attorney’s office, because he wasn’t making enough money to stay afloat. This is not the end for the Reardons in the detective business, though: Bill’s wife, Sally (Joan Blondell), decides to keep the Reardon Detective Agency open and run it all on … Continue reading There’s Always a Woman (1938)

Reviewin’ the Box: Dames (1934) on DVD

A note from Lindsey: If you’re interested in seeing this film and can’t find a used copy of Dames alone, it’s also available in The Busby Berkeley Collection boxed set (which I am forever lusting after) and TCM’s Greatest Classic Films: Busby Berkeley set. I’m 99.999% sure that the copy I picked up from the library is a singled-out version of the one that appears … Continue reading Reviewin’ the Box: Dames (1934) on DVD