Review: ‘Blondie of the Follies’

Jimmy Durante is rushed into a house party scene for his first and only appearance after the picture has gone 70 minutes. That's the best evidence that this picture's big weakness was analyzed by the producers. In the five minutes that Durante is on, his Barrymore-Garbo takeoff with Marion Davies easily becomes the bright spot on the picture.

Jimmy Durante is rushed into a house party scene for his first and only appearance after the picture has gone 70 minutes. That’s the best evidence that this picture’s big weakness was analyzed by the producers. In the five minutes that Durante is on, his Barrymore-Garbo takeoff with Marion Davies easily becomes the bright spot on the picture.

The story is simply the rise of two New York girls of the poor class to Follies girl status, their temporary enjoyment of the luxurious fancy living and then their return to normalcy.

Chief situation is love rivalry between the two girl pals, with Blondie (Davies) finally winning out.

Davies and Billie Dove are both real life Follies grads, so their backstage conduct in this picture probably is authentic. Of the two Dove is more the showgirl type in looks and manner. As usual, Davies is best in her few comedy chances, but on the whole this try is under par for her.

Blondie of the Follies

Production

M-G-M. Director Edmund Goulding; Screenplay Frances Marion, Anita Loos; Camera George Barnes

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1932. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Marion Davies Robert Montgomery Billie Dove Jimmy Durante James Gleason ZaSu Pitts
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