Blondie of the Follies


Action / Comedy / Musical

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IMDb Rating 6.4 10 1134


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April 23, 2021 at 03:21 AM


Jimmy Durante as Jimmy
Robert Montgomery as Larry Belmont
Zasu Pitts as Gertie
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839.11 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 31 min
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English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 31 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by LadyJaneGrey 5 / 10

Amusing if Disjointed and Uneven

Blondie (Davies) and her friend Lottie (Dove) want out of the hardscrabble tenement life. Lottie is willing to become mistress to a man (Montgomery) in order to have a nice apartment and fine clothes in addition to a job in the Follies. Both Davies and Dove, in addition to being good friends in real life, were also both Ziegfield Follies girls, so art imitates life in that way. Also, as we all know, Davies was the long-time mistress of William Randolph Hearst, whose fiddling with this movie is quite apparent. In addition to cutting Dove's part neatly to shreds to focus more on Davies, the character Blondie starts out as fun-loving, adorable, generous, as Davies reportedly was, but then gets bogged down in Dickensian martyrdom, which does not behoove the film or Marion the actress.

Lottie and Blondie both want Bob Montgomery, despite the fact that he has treated Lottie cavalierly, and Blondie decided to settle for the shipping magnate (sounds familiar, doesn't it?) They come to blows over him, get jealous of each other in the Follies, and both decide not to see him anymore. But their friendship is compromised nonetheless.

The first half of this film is rompishly good fun, with Blondie the cut-up appearing to reflect a lot of the real-life Marion. Too had Hearst insisted on putting her in so many dreary costume dramas; she was truly a gifted comedienne and would have done smashingly in the screwball comedies yet to come. Alas, Hearst wanted his Marion to be beautiful and dignified on screen, thus robbing us all of her witty comedic style. The second half of this movie bogs down in sentimental boo-hooetry, with Blondie bravely gimping along with her crutches like Tiny Tim (the Dickens character, not the Tiptoe-Through-The-Tulips dude.) Montgomery's character becomes unselfish, presumably from love for Blondie, and does the noble thing as our characters ride metaphorically off into the sunset. Blech.

Watch the first half and skip the rest. The minute Blondie goes flying off the end of the whip on the Follies stage is a good time to shut it off. You've seen the best. I won't even go into the awkward, unfunny, incomprehensible inclusion of Jimmy Durante in a party scene. But that's later in the movie, so you're likely to miss it once Blondie lands on her backside in the orchestra pit.

I also enjoyed ZaSu Pitts as Blondie's sister and James Gleason as her long-suffering "Pa." Again, once these characters exit stage left, the rest of the movie slides downhill. Anyway, it's a funky little precode and enjoy that first half!

Reviewed by Ron Oliver 10 / 10

Art Imitates Life

Marion Davies stars in this poignant MGM drama, directed by Edmund Goulding, which features excellent performances but is relentlessly downbeat. Writers Frances Marion & Anita Loos, two of the very best, really drag their characters through the Slough of Despond, piling emotional outburst upon painful heartache almost without relief.

The writers also give Miss Davies a most curious scenario: that of a lively, vivacious showgirl, not very good at holding her liquor, who, as the mistress of a wealthy, older tycoon, is settled into a life of luxury. Sound familiar? As the girlfriend of William Randolph Hearst, the nation's most powerful media mogul, and the chatelaine of San Simeon, America's most lavish private estate, Davies must have noted, and been amused by, the script's odd similarities to her own life.

Billie Dove gives a fine performance as Davies' oldest friend and bitterest rival, an insecure woman consumed by jealousy. Suave Robert Montgomery plays the object of both ladies' affections and he is both polished and sophisticated. James Gleason steals a few scenes as Davies' loving, work-weakened father.

The incomparable ZaSu Pitts shines in the small role of Davies' no-nonsense older sister. Sidney Toler (a future Charlie Chan) is her affable, lazy husband. Sinister Douglass Dumbrille plays a lecherous tycoon who likes blondes.

Jimmy Durante appears very late in the film and then only in one scene, essentially playing himself as a guest at a Davies party. His lowbrow humor is a wonderful tension reliever, especially during the few moments he and Davies spoof John Barrymore & Garbo in GRAND HOTEL, which Goulding had directed earlier that same year. It's a shame Durante doesn't get to interact with Miss Pitts, but just having him around for five minutes is a real spirit lifter.

Movie mavens will recognize Charles Williams & Billy Gilbert, both uncredited, as the sleazy producers who entice Miss Dove in the film's opening scene.

Reviewed by classicflm 7 / 10


What a treat to see! BlONDIE OF THE FOLLIES is a very entertaining film with terrific performances by Marion Davies and Bille Dove. A great script by Anita Loos and Frances Marion and beautiful Art Deco sets by Cedric Gibbons make this fine film a must see. It is in Turner Classic Movies library, though it hardly ever gets shown. Be on the look out for it though, because it is a real treat. Fast, snappy and skillfully directed by one of the most underrated directors of Hollywood's Golden Age, Edmund Goulding, responsible for such classics as GRAND HOTEL and DARK VICTORY. If you want to read more about BLONDIE OF THE FOLLIES pick up the new Edmund Goulding biography. It's really very good.

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