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Blonde crazy is more brilliant than it knows
I'm sure that Blonde Crazy wasn't meant to be anything more than another frothy, wise-cracking crime film. It even appears to make fun of itself by setting scenes with text like "the leading hotel in the largest city". But I can't help but feel like there is something literary in the way it tries to make sense of a world turned on its head by the Depression. As Cagney puts it to Blondell early on: "The age of chivalry is over. This, honey, is the age of chiselry". Though the noble criminal is a tired trope of Depression films, Blonde Crazy plays it so well against Cagney and Blondell's frustrated romance that you can't help but feel the shock the Depression dealt to the rules of engagement between men and women. Refreshingly, the female lead does not come across as cold and calculating in rebuffing romantic passes. Rather, Blondell is visibly emotionally conflicted when Cagney asks why she won't give him a tumble, gives her her half of the take, or when she ultimately leaves him and the rackets to marry a seemingly "honest" man. When her husband turns out to be a white collar criminal who double-crosses her and lands Cagney in jail, she and Cagney both insist on taking the fall for one another and she confesses that she followed him into the rackets for love. As a viewer you are left wondering whether chivalry and chiselry are so mutually exclusive after all.
- kevin sellers
Fun, jaunty film by Roy Del Ruth that could only have been made pre code. (i.e. Every character in it is a cheerful and unrepentant con artist. Some, though, are crookeder than others.) I love the metaphor that runs throughout that equates hotels with sleaze, both the high and low class kind. And the by play between James Cagney and Joan Blondell is snappy and sexy. And speaking of sexy I want to tip my cap (or dip my wick) to Noel Francis, an actress I haven't seen before, who outshines Blondell in the lasciviousness dept. And that takes some doing. So, even though the ending's uncharacteristically sentimental, it's a diverting 90 min. Let's give it a B.
Great little gem
What a super film, all the way around, what I saw of it. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it all. This movie is not just a comedy. It is a love story, as well as a crime drama. What a great film packed in a little over one hour. That's how they made movies back then. So, we call them classic gems. Would you please show this wonderful film again soon? I would love to see all of it. Thank you.
loved this as well as Lady Killer.Cagney always a delight.
Jimmy is superb in Blonde Crazy, along with Joanie Blondell. Fun young stuff. If you like this one you'll like LADY KILLER.
Watch Cagney becoming Cagney in Blonde Crazy. Some of his signature mannerisms and facial expressions can be seen here in their "embryonic" stages and are a delight to watch. His character is an unapologic conman in this pre-code film, and the viewer should be booing him. However, Cagney being Cagney, he elicits pity even as he is caught in a heist, and then cheers when his love interest, played by Joan Blondell, returns his affections. Lots of great acting by supporting cast. Great camera work and the title sequence is especially enjoyable.
JAMES CAGNEY / JOAN BLONDELL
BLONDE CRAZY IS A FUN, ENTERTAINING MOVIE STARRING JAMES CAGNEY AND JOAN BLONDELL. AS USUAL,CAGNEY AND BLONDELL ARE GREAT TOGETHER IN THIS FUN DRAMA. IF YOU ARE A FAN OF 1930's WARNER BROS. MOVIES, THEN THIS IS A MOVIE TO SEE.