Joan Blondell


Actor
Joan Blondell

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
August 30, 1906
Died
December 25, 1979
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

Unconventionally beautiful, gifted performer who appeared in over 80 films while maintaining a successful stage career. Blondell played a number of leads, secondary leads and, later, character parts, often as brassy but warm-hearted types; among her best known films are "Golddiggers of 1933" (1933), "Nightmare Alley" (1947) and "The Cincinatti Kid" (1965). She was married to cinematograp...

Photos & Videos

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Movie Poster
Footlight Parade - Lobby Cards
Cry 'Havoc' - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

George Barnes
Husband
Director of photography. Married in 1933; divorced in 1935.
Dick Powell
Husband
Actor. Married in 1936; divorced in 1945.
Mike Todd
Husband
Director. Married on July 4, 1947; divorced in 1950.

Bibliography

"Center Door Fancy"
Joan Blondell

Biography

Unconventionally beautiful, gifted performer who appeared in over 80 films while maintaining a successful stage career. Blondell played a number of leads, secondary leads and, later, character parts, often as brassy but warm-hearted types; among her best known films are "Golddiggers of 1933" (1933), "Nightmare Alley" (1947) and "The Cincinatti Kid" (1965). She was married to cinematographer George Barnes (1933-35), actor Dick Powell (1936-45) and producer Mike Todd (1947-50).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Woman Inside (1981)
Aunt Coll
The Champ (1979)
Battered (1978)
Grease (1978)
Vi
Opening Night (1977)
Death at Love House (1976)
The Glove (1976)
Mrs Fitzgerald
The Dead Don't Die (1975)
Levenia
Winner Take All (1975)
Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)
Jenny
The Phynx (1970)
Ruby
Big Daddy (1969)
Stay Away, Joe (1968)
Glenda Callahan
Kona Coast (1968)
Kittibelle Lightfoot
Waterhole #3 (1967)
Lavinia
Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966)
Mrs. Lavender
The Spy in the Green Hat (1966)
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Lady Fingers
Advance to the Rear (1964)
Easy Jenny
Angel Baby (1961)
Mollie Hays
Desk Set (1957)
Peg Costello
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
Violet
Lizzie (1957)
Aunt Morgan
This Could Be the Night (1957)
Crystal
The Opposite Sex (1956)
Edith [Potter]
The Blue Veil (1951)
Annie Rawlins
For Heaven's Sake (1950)
Daphne
The Corpse Came C.O.D. (1947)
Rosemary Durant
Nightmare Alley (1947)
Zeena
Christmas Eve (1947)
Ann Nelson
Adventure (1946)
Helen Melohn
Don Juan Quilligan (1945)
Margie Mossrock
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
Aunt Sissy
Cry 'Havoc' (1944)
Grace [Lambert]
Lady for a Night (1942)
Jenny Blake
Model Wife (1941)
Joan Keating [Chambers]
Topper Returns (1941)
Gail Richards
Three Girls About Town (1941)
Hope Banner
Two Girls on Broadway (1940)
Molly Mahoney
I Want a Divorce (1940)
Geraldine "Jerry" Brokaw
Good Girls Go to Paris (1939)
Jenny Swanson
The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939)
Maxine Carroll
Off the Record (1939)
Jane Morgan
East Side of Heaven (1939)
Mary [Wilson]
The Kid from Kokomo (1939)
Doris Harvey
There's Always a Woman (1938)
Sally Reardon
Back in Circulation (1937)
[Timothea] Timmy Blake
The Perfect Specimen (1937)
Mona Carter
The King and the Chorus Girl (1937)
Dorothy Ellis
Stand-In (1937)
Lester Plum
Stage Struck (1936)
Peggy Revere
Sons O' Guns (1936)
Yvonne
Bullets or Ballots (1936)
Lee Morgan
Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
Norma Perry
Three Men on a Horse (1936)
Mabel
Colleen (1936)
Minnie Hawkins
Broadway Gondolier (1935)
Alice Hughes
Traveling Saleslady (1935)
Angela Twitchell
Miss Pacific Fleet (1935)
Gloria Fay
We're in the Money (1935)
Ginger Stewart
He Was Her Man (1934)
Rose [Lawrence]
Dames (1934)
Mabel [Anderson]
I've Got Your Number (1934)
Marie [Lawson]
Kansas City Princess (1934)
Rosie [Sturges]
Smarty (1934)
Vickie [Wallace]
Goodbye Again (1933)
Anne [Rogers]
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Carol [King]
Lawyer Man (1933)
Olga [Michaels]
Footlight Parade (1933)
Nan [Prescott]
Convention City (1933)
Nancy Lorraine
Havana Widows (1933)
Mae Knight
Blondie Johnson (1933)
Blondie [Johnson]
Broadway Bad (1933)
Tony Landers
The Crowd Roars (1932)
Anne Scott
Union Depot (1932)
Ruth Collins
Three on a Match (1932)
Mary Keaton
Big City Blues (1932)
Vida [Fleet]
Central Park (1932)
Dot
Miss Pinkerton (1932)
Miss Adams
The Famous Ferguson Case (1932)
Maizie Dickson
The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932)
Schatze Citroux
Make Me a Star (1932)
"Flips" Montague
Other Men's Women (1931)
Marie
Millie (1931)
Angie Wickerstaff
Blonde Crazy (1931)
Ann Roberts
Night Nurse (1931)
Maloney
God's Gift to Women (1931)
Fifi
Big Business Girl (1931)
Pearl
My Past (1931)
Marian Moore
Illicit (1931)
Helen Dukie Childers
The Reckless Hour (1931)
Myrtle Nichols
The Public Enemy (1931)
Mamie
Sinner's Holiday (1930)
Myrtle
The Office Wife (1930)
Catherine Murdock

Cast (Special)

Bobby Parker and Company (1974)
Three For the Girls (1973)
Mother (Story 3)

Cast (Short)

The Cincinnati Kid Plays According to Hoyle (1965)
Herself
Things You Never See on the Screen (1935)
Herself
Hollywood Newsreel (1934)
Herself
How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 10 "Trouble Shots" (1931)
An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee (1930)
Herself

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Rebels (1979)

Life Events

1929

Acted opposite James Cagney on Broadway in "Penny Arcade"

1930

Film acting debut in "Sinners Holiday", the film version of "Penny Arcade"

1931

Portrayed Edward Woods' moll in "The Public Enemy", starring James Cagney

1932

Cast as a chorine in "Union Depot", a "Grand Hotel"-like film set in a train station

1933

Played one of a trio of chorus girls in the movie musical "Gold Diggers of 1933"; one of ten films opposite future husband Dick Powell

Photo Collections

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Fox' A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), directed by Elia Kazan. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Footlight Parade - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from Footlight Parade (1933). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Cry 'Havoc' - Movie Poster
Here is the original one-sheet movie poster for MGM's Cry 'Havoc' (1943), starring Margaret Sullavan, Joan Blondell, and Ann Sothern. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Blonde Crazy - Movie Posters
Blonde Crazy - Movie Posters
There's Always a Woman - Movie Poster
There's Always a Woman - Movie Poster
The Public Enemy - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to help publicize Warner Bros' The Public Enemy (1931), starring James Cagney, Jean Harlow, and Joan Blondell. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Gold Diggers of 1937 - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936), starring Joan Blondell and Dick Powell. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Stand-In - Title Lobby Card
Here is the Title Lobby Card from Stand-In (1937), starring Leslie Howard and Joan Blondell. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Dames - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from the Warner Bros. musical Dames (1934). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Three on a Match - Scene Stills
Here are some scene stills from Warner Bros' Three on a Match (1932), starring Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, and Ann Dvorak.
Two Girls on Broadway - Joan Blondell Publicity Stills
Here are a couple of stills taken of Joan Blondell, to publicize Two Girls on Broadway (1940). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.

Videos

Movie Clip

Lawyer Man (1932) - I'm A Charter Member Feeling frisky after an unexpected offer to join a fancy uptown law firm, Lower East Side lawyer Tony (William Powell) is surprised to find the babe he’s ogling is his own savvy secretary Olga (Joan Blondell), their dinner date ensuing, William Dieterle directing, in Warner Bros.’ Lawyer Man, 1932.
Blondie Johnson (1933) - Not During Business Hours Arriving in the big city, having sworn to turn things around after her mom died upstate from sheer poverty, the so-far virtuous title character (Joan Blondell) tries some trickery on cabbie Red (Sterling Holloway), Ray Enright directing, early in Warner Bros.’ Blondie Johnson, 1933.
Blondie Johnson (1933) - Still Five Cents? Entrance of second-billed Chester Morris as Danny, entering the big-city speak’, noticing the title character (Joan Blondell) and sorta buying her sob story, not recognizing that the cabbie he calls (Sterling Holloway) is her scam partner on her first night in town, early in Blondie Johnson, 1933.
Blondie Johnson (1933) - Stop Being So Ambitious Having earned each other’s respect, Danny (Chester Morris) and new-in-town Blondie (Joan Blondell, in a role written for her by Warner Bros. stalwart Earl Baldwin) pitch his gangster boss Max (Arthur Vinton) on her plan to get a henchman out of a murder charge, then consider further options, in Blondie Johnson, 1933.
Blondie Johnson (1933) - In The Back Room Of A Drug Store Opening with some emotional wallop and Depression evocation, title character Joan Blondell, in her first starring part at Warner Bros., bounces off the welfare agency staff (Charles Dow Clark, Naomi Childers) then rushes home where a family friend (Sam Godfrey) has bad news, in Blondie Johnson, 1933.
Three On A Match (1932) - I'm No Puritan Bette Davis (as "Ruth") leaps out front in the un-dressing contest, agreeing with friend Mary (Joan Blondell) that their married-mom third pal Vivian (Ann Dvorak), partying with boyfriend Mike (Lyle Talbot), needs reigning in, in Three On A Match, 1932.
Three On A Match (1932) - Being On The Square Mary (Joan Blondell), worried friend of straying mom Vivian (Ann Dvorak) and her snatched son (Frankie Darro), turns her in to her big lawyer husband Robert (Warren William), in director Mervyn LeRoy's Three On A Match, 1932.
There's Always A Woman (1938) - Go On With Your Quarrelling Bill (Melvyn Douglas), who doesn't know his wife Sally (Joan Blondell) has taken a case for his detective agency he thinks he just shut down, tries to keep up as she tracks the dinner party of her client (Mary Astor), in There's Always A Woman, 1938.
Advance To The Rear (1964) The War Won't Last Forever Briefly with Whit Bissell as Union Captain Queeg, Melvyn Douglas as Col. Brackenby and Glenn Ford as Lt. Heath, who’ve just been demoted together for screwing up and are being shipped west, meet Joan Blondell as Easy Jenny and Stella Stevens as dishy Martha Lou, whom we know to be a top Confederate spy, in the Civil War comedy Advance To The Rear, 1964.
Nightmare Alley (1947) - My Scotch Blood Is Working Carnival boss Hoatley (James Flavin) receiving an affronted town marshal (James Burke), his new M-C and all purpose performer Stan (Tyrone Power), with an assist from Molly (Coleen Gray), laying down the charm to keep the show from being shut down, in Nightmare Alley, 1947.
Nightmare Alley (1947) - They Look Plenty Weird The carnival crew splurging on a hotel stay, new man Stan (Tyrone Power) plotting with his lover, fortune teller Zeena (Joan Blondell), who’s still devoted to her alcoholic husband “Pete,” whom she plans to send to treatment, reading ominous tarot cards, in Nightmare Alley, 1947.
Nightmare Alley (1947) - Is A Guy Born That Way? From the top, Edmund Goulding directing, from the William Lindsay Gresham novel, we learn Stan (Tyrone Power) is the new general duty man at the carnival, querying the boss (James Flavin), and supporting the enamored fortune teller Zeena (Joan Blondell), in Nightmare Alley, 1947.

Trailer

Goodbye Again (1933) - (Original Trailer) Warren William is a sexy author, Joan Blondell his long-suffering secretary in Goodbye Again (1933) a racy pre-code comedy.
God's Gift to Women - (Original Trailer) Frank Fay is the unlikely choice for God's Gift to Women (1931), especially when one of the women is Louise Brooks.
Miss Pinkerton - (Original Trailer) A private duty nurse (Joan Blondell) gets herself mixed up in a murder investigation in Miss Pinkerton (1932).
Lawyer Man - (Original Trailer) When a Lower East side lawyer (William Powell) moves uptown, he becomes Lawyer Man (1933) co-starring Joan Blondell.
Other Men's Women (1931) - (Original Trailer) A railroad engineer (Grant Withers) falls for a co-worker's wife (Mary Astor) in Other Men's Women (1931).
Night Nurse - (Original Trailer) A nurse discovers that the children she's caring for are murder targets in the pre-code shocker Night Nurse (1931) starring Barbara Stanwyck.
Three on a Match - (Original Trailer) A woman's childhood friends try to rescue her from gangsters in Three on a Match (1932) starring Bette Davis and Joan Blondell.
Champ, The (1979) - (Original Trailer) A washed-up prizefighter (Jon Voight) struggles to keep his son (Ricky Schroder) in The Champ (1979), a remake of the 1931 drama.
Central Park - (Original Trailer) Joan Blondell and Wallace Ford get mixed up with gangsters after they meet outside Central Park (1932).
Broadway Gondolier - (Original Trailer) Joan Blondell and Adolphe Menjou cut up with Frank McHugh in the trailer for the "radio romance" Broadway Gondolier (1935).
Blondie Johnson - (Original Trailer) A female crook (Joan Blondell) fights her way from poverty to the top of the underworld in Blondie Johnson (1933).
Big City Blues - (Original Trailer) A country boy goes to town and meets Joan Blondell and a young Humphrey Bogart. So why has he got the Big City Blues (1932)?

Promo

Family

Eddie Blondell
Father
Actor, vaudevillian.

Companions

George Barnes
Husband
Director of photography. Married in 1933; divorced in 1935.
Dick Powell
Husband
Actor. Married in 1936; divorced in 1945.
Mike Todd
Husband
Director. Married on July 4, 1947; divorced in 1950.

Bibliography

"Center Door Fancy"
Joan Blondell