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directed by Ray Enright, Lucien Hubbard
USA 1933

 

Joan Blondell, one of Hollywood’s most memorable blondes, gets top billing in this protofeminist crime yarn as tough as a taxi dancer’s heart. Blondell’s first starring role was also a change of pace for a contract player usually cast as a chorus cutie or the male lead’s loyal doxy. Instead she plays the title character, a Depression-downtrodden waif who uses her brains instead of her body to rise from tyro con artist to crime boss. A terrific supporting cast – Chester Morris, Allen Jenkins. Mae Busch, Sterling Holloway – comes along for the rags-to-rackets ride through all the murder and double-crossing that make crime melodrama great entertainment. This time with a woman’s touch.

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Theatrical Release: 1 March 1933 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Also available in:
Ripped From the Headlines! Get five remastered Warner Bros. classics that are as pertinent today as they were in the '30s. Featuring some of Warner Bros. biggest studio stars of the day, these coarse, gritty, mostly pre-Code melodramas are ripe for rediscovery.  5 DVDs - limit 1 per customer! This package available HERE includes: Alias the Doctor (1932), Blondie Johnson (1933), From Headquarters (1933), Heat Lightening (1934), and Black Fury (1935) that may be bought individually.

  

Runtime 1:07:28
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.62 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (1:52)

DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010
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Chapters 20

 

Comments

Joan Blondell and her no-nonsense title character is very memorable in this pre-code crime drama from Warner Bros. Blondie Johnson should be a welcome addition to the other famous Warner gangsters, like James Cagney's Tom Powers of The Public Enemy and Edward G. Robinson's Rico of Little Caesar, but unfortunately love story with a character played by Chester Morris muddles the story and spoils the ending. Despite its drawbacks, the film runs just 67 minutes and doesn't overstay its welcome, especially watching it on this made-on-demand disc. The single-layered transfer is progressive and was remastered from an archive print, but it definitely shows its age both in video and audio quality.

There are many instances of marks and speckles on the print, but they don't overpower the picture. There is a trailer and generous 20 chapters provided for this release. The film can be purchased separately or, exclusive to Warner Archives web page, as so called "Warner Bros. '30s Classics Ripped From the Headlines" (HERE) with 4 other early 1930's movies we are reviewing at DVD Beaver, which would make it a better value.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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CLICK to order from:

 

Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Also available in:
Ripped From the Headlines! Get five remastered Warner Bros. classics that are as pertinent today as they were in the '30s. Featuring some of Warner Bros. biggest studio stars of the day, these coarse, gritty, mostly pre-Code melodramas are ripe for rediscovery.  5 DVDs - limit 1 per customer! This package available HERE includes: Alias the Doctor (1932), Blondie Johnson (1933), From Headquarters (1933), Heat Lightening (1934), and Black Fury (1935) that may be bought individually.

  

 

 




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