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Blondie Johnson, Blonde Crazy and Big City Blues

November 4, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Blonde Crazy: Joan Blondell”

Blondie Johnson (1933), directed by Ray Enright

Three years and two dozen films into her contract at Warner Bros., Blondell landed her first starring role as an orphaned waif made bitter by poverty and indifference who fights her way to the top of an organized crime syndicate. Blondell biographer Matthew Kennedy describes Blondie Johnson as a “female Little Caesar” and the role showcased Blondell’s range, adding dramatic punch to the wised-up wit she was known for.

SCR: Earl Baldwin. CAST: Joan Blondell, Chester Morris, Allen Jenkins

35mm, b/w, 67 min.

Followed by:

Blonde Crazy (1931), directed by Roy Del Ruth

Joan Blondell and James Cagney achieve peak sizzle in their fourth outing together at Warner Bros. as a pair of con artists at work in the “age of chiselry.” A hotel maid who throws in with Cagney’s larcenous bellboy, Blondell displays the unique alchemy of her persona, playing the better angel of his nature while confidently taking the world for a ride.

SCR: Kubec Glasmon, John Bright. CAST: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Louis Calhern

35mm, b/w, 78 min.

Followed by:

Big City Blues (1932), directed by Mervyn LeRoy

On his first wide-eyed night in New York, a small town boy (Eric Linden) falls in with a mob of showgirls and hustlers who leave him to take a murder rap after a wild party. Joan Blondell takes pity on him — or maybe she’s falling in love — and leads him through woods in this pulpy pre-Code quickie.

SCR: Ward Morehouse, Lillie Hayward. CAST: Joan Blondell, Eric Linden, Walter Catlett

16mm, b/w, 63 min.

Preceded by:

Home Movies No. 5
Digital video (from 16mm), b/w, silent, approx 10 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.


More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


November 4, 2016
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States