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.…

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…

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.”…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Three on a Match (1932)

Mary Keaton, Vivian Revere and Ruth Wescott are schoolmates with completely different personalities. Mary (Virginia Davis) is the wild child, who everyone expects to amount to nothing. Vivian (Anne Shirley) is voted “Most Popular” at the girls’ 1921 graduation. Ruth (Betty Carse) is the valedictorian with big career goals. Flash forward a few years and…

Footlight Parade (1933)

Chester Kent has been flopping on Broadway, so it’s time for a slight career change. He gets a new gig as the creator of prologues, which are performed in movie theaters before the feature presentation. Chester comes up with the brilliant idea of staging prologues that can be shown around the country, at any theater.…