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Blonde Venus

  • Drama
  • 1932
  • Josef von Sternberg
  • 93 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama starring Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall and Cary Grant. Helen Faraday's search for sufficient money to pay for the treatment that will save her husband's life leads her to the stage of a New York night club - and to the wealthy and attractive Nick Townsend.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

The fifth of director Josef von Sternberg's collaborations with Marlene Dietrich is unfortunately only ever wheeled out for teasing snatches of its dazzling club scene involving Dietrich and a gorilla suit, when in fact the film offers many more riches. The story, with Dietrich's medically dependant husband Herbert Marshall unsettled by his wife's friendly, financial connection to tycoon Cary Grant is, as ever with Sternberg, merely a departure point for more important matters. You'll not see many films superior to this in their use of visual detail, tempo, humour and double-edged significance. Art as entertainment, from the original "all is not what it seems" director.

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Credits

Cast

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Helen Faraday / Helen JonesMarlene Dietrich
Edward FaradayHerbert Marshall
Nick TownsendCary Grant
Johnny FaradayDickie Moore
Ben SmithGene Morgan
"Taxi Belle" HooperRita La Roy
Dan O'ConnorRobert Emmett O'Connor
Detective WilsonSidney Toler
Doctor PierceMorgan Wallace
Cora, Helen's maidHattie McDaniel
Charlie BlaineFrancis Sayles

Crew

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DirectorJosef von Sternberg

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Released on
1933-03-27
Languages
English | German | French
Available on
video
Formats
Black and white
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