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TCM Summer under stars Joan Blondell


Saw most of this film on TCM. As pre Hays Code talkie it was tame but interesting. Found Evelyn Knapp as Jennie in her beach Coney Island beach scene quite delightful (and more attractive than Ms Blondell). In these old films the makeup on actors is so noticeable it is distracting.

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This was the film that started the film careers of Blondell and Cagney. Al Jolson liked the play "Penny Arcade" and thought it could be a good film so he bought the rights to it. That despite the fact it was not a successful play.

One stipulation was that he insisted that Cagney and Blondell play the same supporting roles as in the play. He was that impressed with them even though he didn't know them at all or anything about them.

I think Joan blondell is one of the most beautiful women in the history of film. She has the cutest face with those gorgeous eyes. so natural looking.

I thought the film was much better than it is rated and looks quite good for a 1930 film.

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I agree - having watched (or attempted to watch) many early 30's films the quality on this particular one was very good.

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I absolutely love Blondell, she and Cagney stole the show in this picture. Warner Bros very much unestimated her as an actress. She very much could have been a star if they had taken advantage of her. Heck, she often stole the show in her films anyway, often getting the best lines (Night Nurse comes to mind). Cagney is a hard actor to upstage. Often others in his presence seemed to give underwhelming performances. Blondell is one the few I have seen so far the holds her own. In Blonde Crazy, their chemistry is electrifying. They really could have been the New York savvy street-wise couple to Powell/Loy's upper-crest sophistication.

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I totally agee. I have long felt that Joan Blondell was underated both as an actress and a beauty. It's nice to know that there are others who appreciate this talented actress. The styles of women's dresses in the thirties tended to hide her natural attributes, if you know what I mean. But in the movie "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter" from the 50's, it was still evident that the aging actress was blessed with a great body. I remember watching her on the short-lived tv series "Banyon", shortly before she died. She indeed had a comedic ability that could match any of her scene stealing partners.

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