Blonde Crazy

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Blonde Crazy (1931 ~ Warner Brothers): James Cagney and Joan Blondell

“If I can’t get it from you, I’ll get it from someone else”

As most of what we find in Forbidden Hollywood, Blonde Crazy is a movie about sex, not romance. How to use it, how to get it, and when to withhold it. Anne( Blondell) spends most of her time in this film trying to guard that one thing that every man wants, and Bert( Cagney) spends most of his attempting to get it.  Since Anne is reluctant to give, and Bert getting nowhere at all they finally get on the same page deciding to swindle together in order to get ahead.  But when one swindle turns sour, they have to do everything they can think of to get back ahead, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they get back ahead together.

With a lovely very early appearance of Ray Milland as the guy who saves Anne when she gets something stuck in her eye, this film is definitely worth the watch.  Joan and James starred together 7 times and always on equal footing, both drew crowds at the box office, and both were blessed with excellent lines, and starring roles. If you only know James Cagney as the gangster type, get ready to see a slimy seductive version of him in this film. And if you’re in the mood for a drinking game, take a swig every time Joan slaps James and tries to sit upright by the end of this film.

 

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