Unrated, 89 mins., black and white, 1931 (Columbia TriStar) This early Frank Capra romantic comedy established Jean Harlow as a star – decades later it’s still easy to see why. As a society lady trying to smooth out the rough edges of Robert Williams’ hard-boiled newsman, she tosses off an erotic spunk that makes Britney seem sluggish by comparison. But the revelation here is Williams, a stage actor who’d made only three films before being cast by Capra. With his expressive regular-guy mug (think Bill Murray) crossed with a dazzling physical and verbal dexterity (think Cary Grant), he makes every frame he’s in crackle. (Tragically, he died of peritonitis four days after Blonde’s opening.) And as Williams’ office mate who secretly pines for him, Loretta Young is surprisingly natural, and their scenes together have a lovely delicacy.
Genre: Comedy, Romance; Starring: Jean Harlow, Robert Williams, Reginald Owen, Robert Williams, Loretta Young; Director: Frank Capra; Runtime (in minutes): 90; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Columbia Tri-Star Home Video
Posted November 7 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
- Justin Timberlake's illegal voting booth selfie is 'under review'
- 'This Is Us' preview: Creator Dan Fogelman on 'The Game Plan'
- Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid perform Justin Bieber's 'Baby'
- Bob Saget teases 'Fuller House' Thanksgiving episode with new photo
- Donald Trump says he has ‘no interest’ in Trump TV
- Australian 'Bachelor' contestants fall in love with each other
- Amy Schumer responds to backlash from 'Formation' parody video
- 'The Walking Dead': Exclusive Season Premiere Storyboards
- 'Gilmore Girls' Trailer: A Deep Dive Into the Return to Stars Hollow
- 15 Ultimate Halloween Movie Picks, From Horror-Loving Actors and Filmmakers
- This Is What the 2001 CMAs Looked Like
- 'Smallville': Where Are They Now?
- Flashback to Taylor Swift's First Album Drop