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Blondie Johnson (1933)
May 16, 2011, 6:37 pm
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Director: Ray Enright

Though the gangster genre is riddled with companion gun molls, Blondie Johnson uniquely has a female at the center of the crime operation in the doe-eyed Joan Blondell. Homeless and caring for a hopelessly sick mother, the titular character is denied welfare and, unable to find justice for her mother’s early demise, decides to earn a living the hard way. Blondell is particularly good as she rises through the ranks – most memorably in subjecting a jury to her false innocent facade in order to get a fellow gangster out of his sentence. Level-headed until the end, Blondell’s character is successful as a feminist heroine, whose intelligence and dignity is never compromised, even in her tumultuous relationship with the love interest played by Chester Morris.


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