Joan Blondell

Rose Joan Blondell (August 30, 1906 – December 25, 1979) was an American actress. After winning a beauty pageant, Blondell embarked upon a film career. Establishing herself as a sexy wisecracking blonde, she was a pre-Code staple of Warner Brothers and appeared in more than 100 movies and television productions. She was most active in films during the 1930s, and during this time she co-starred with Glenda Farrell in nine films, in which the duo portrayed gold-diggers. Blondell continued acting for the rest of her life, often in small character roles or supporting television roles. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Blue Veil (1951). Blondell was seen in featured roles in two films, Grease (1978) and the remake of The Champ (1979), released shortly before her death from leukemia. Description above from the Wikipedia article Joan Blondell, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Dorothy McGuire  •  Joan Blondell  •  James Dunn  •  Lloyd Nolan

In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Dorothy McGuire  •  Joan Blondell  •  James Dunn  •  Lloyd Nolan

Footlight Parade (1933)

A fledgling producer finds himself at odds with his workers, financiers and his greedy ex-wife when he tries to produce live musicals for movie-going audiences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Bacon
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Joan Blondell  •  Ruby Keeler  •  Dick Powell

A fledgling producer finds himself at odds with his workers, financiers and his greedy ex-wife when he tries to produce live musicals for movie-going audiences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Bacon
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Joan Blondell  •  Ruby Keeler  •  Dick Powell

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Things get tough for Carol and her showgirl pals, Trixie and Polly, when the Great Depression kicks in and all the Broadway shows close down. Wealthy songwriter Brad saves the day by funding a new Depression-themed musical for the girls to star in, but when his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Warren William  •  Joan Blondell  •  Aline MacMahon  •  Ruby Keeler

Things get tough for Carol and her showgirl pals, Trixie and Polly, when the Great Depression kicks in and all the Broadway shows close down. Wealthy songwriter Brad saves the day by funding a new Depression-themed musical for the girls to star in, but when his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Warren William  •  Joan Blondell  •  Aline MacMahon  •  Ruby Keeler

Grease (1978)

ClassicMusicalFunnySuspenseful

Australian good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance despite their eccentric friends?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randal Kleiser
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Olivia Newton-John  •  Stockard Channing  •  Jeff Conaway

Australian good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance despite their eccentric friends?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randal Kleiser
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Olivia Newton-John  •  Stockard Channing  •  Jeff Conaway

Nightmare Alley (1947)

Stanton Carlisle joins a seedy carnival, working with "Mademoiselle Zeena" and her alcoholic husband, Pete.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
CAST:  Tyrone Power  •  Joan Blondell  •  Coleen Gray  •  Helen Walker

Stanton Carlisle joins a seedy carnival, working with "Mademoiselle Zeena" and her alcoholic husband, Pete.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
CAST:  Tyrone Power  •  Joan Blondell  •  Coleen Gray  •  Helen Walker

Opening Night (1977)

Actress Myrtle Gordon is a functioning alcoholic actress who is a few days from the opening night of her latest play, concerning a woman distraught about aging. One night a car kills one of Myrtle's fans who is chasing her limousine in an attempt to get the star's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cassavetes
CAST:  Gena Rowlands  •  John Cassavetes  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Joan Blondell

Actress Myrtle Gordon is a functioning alcoholic actress who is a few days from the opening night of her latest play, concerning a woman distraught about aging. One night a car kills one of Myrtle's fans who is chasing her limousine in an attempt to get the star's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cassavetes
CAST:  Gena Rowlands  •  John Cassavetes  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Joan Blondell

The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Edward G. Robinson  •  Ann-Margret  •  Karl Malden

An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Edward G. Robinson  •  Ann-Margret  •  Karl Malden

The Phynx (1970)

A rock band becomes embroiled in foreign affairs when they're sent to go on tour in Albania as a cover to find hostages in a remote castle held by communist enemies of the USA.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee H. Katzin
CAST:  Michael A. Miller  •  Ray Chippeway  •  Dennis Larden  •  Lonny Stevens

A rock band becomes embroiled in foreign affairs when they're sent to go on tour in Albania as a cover to find hostages in a remote castle held by communist enemies of the USA.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee H. Katzin
CAST:  Michael A. Miller  •  Ray Chippeway  •  Dennis Larden  •  Lonny Stevens

The Public Enemy (1931)

Two young Chicago hoodlums, Tom Powers and Matt Doyle, rise up from their poverty-stricken slum life to become petty thieves, bootleggers and cold-blooded killers. But with street notoriety and newfound wealth, the duo feels the heat from the cops and rival ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Jean Harlow  •  Edward Woods  •  Joan Blondell

Two young Chicago hoodlums, Tom Powers and Matt Doyle, rise up from their poverty-stricken slum life to become petty thieves, bootleggers and cold-blooded killers. But with street notoriety and newfound wealth, the duo feels the heat from the cops and rival ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Jean Harlow  •  Edward Woods  •  Joan Blondell

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)

To save his career, an ad man wants a sex symbol to endorse a lipstick. But she wants something too: he has to pretend to be her new lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Tashlin
CAST:  Tony Randall  •  Jayne Mansfield  •  Joan Blondell  •  Betsy Drake

To save his career, an ad man wants a sex symbol to endorse a lipstick. But she wants something too: he has to pretend to be her new lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Tashlin
CAST:  Tony Randall  •  Jayne Mansfield  •  Joan Blondell  •  Betsy Drake

Desk Set (1957)

UpliftingRomanticFunWhimsical

A computer expert tries to prove his electronic brain can replace a television network's research staff.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Lang
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Katharine Hepburn  •  Gig Young  •  Joan Blondell

A computer expert tries to prove his electronic brain can replace a television network's research staff.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Lang
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Katharine Hepburn  •  Gig Young  •  Joan Blondell

The Blue Veil (1951)

A World War I widow loses her only child and spends the rest of her life as a children's nurse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt  •  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Jane Wyman  •  Charles Laughton  •  Joan Blondell  •  Richard Carlson

A World War I widow loses her only child and spends the rest of her life as a children's nurse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt  •  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Jane Wyman  •  Charles Laughton  •  Joan Blondell  •  Richard Carlson

Dames (1934)

A reformer's daughter wins the lead in a scandalous Broadway show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Enright
CAST:  Joan Blondell  •  Dick Powell  •  Ruby Keeler  •  Zasu Pitts

A reformer's daughter wins the lead in a scandalous Broadway show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Enright
CAST:  Joan Blondell  •  Dick Powell  •  Ruby Keeler  •  Zasu Pitts

Stay Away, Joe (1968)

Joe Lightcloud persuades his Congressman to give him 20 heifers and a prize bull so he and his father, Charlie, can prove that the Navajos can successfully raise cattle on the reservation. If their experiment is successful, then the government will help all the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Tewksbury
CAST:  Elvis Presley  •  Burgess Meredith  •  Joan Blondell  •  Katy Jurado

Joe Lightcloud persuades his Congressman to give him 20 heifers and a prize bull so he and his father, Charlie, can prove that the Navajos can successfully raise cattle on the reservation. If their experiment is successful, then the government will help all the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Tewksbury
CAST:  Elvis Presley  •  Burgess Meredith  •  Joan Blondell  •  Katy Jurado

Three on a Match (1932)

Mary, Vivian and Ruth are former schoolmates who do some catching up after a chance meeting. Of the three women, Vivian, who married successful lawyer Robert, seems to have the most glamorous life. Vivian really isn't satisfied though, and soon deserts Robert and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Joan Blondell  •  Ann Dvorak  •  Bette Davis  •  Warren William

Mary, Vivian and Ruth are former schoolmates who do some catching up after a chance meeting. Of the three women, Vivian, who married successful lawyer Robert, seems to have the most glamorous life. Vivian really isn't satisfied though, and soon deserts Robert and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Joan Blondell  •  Ann Dvorak  •  Bette Davis  •  Warren William

The Opposite Sex (1956)

Former radio singer Kay learns from her gossipy friends that her husband, Steve, has had an affair with chorus girl Crystal. Devastated, Kay tries to ignore the information, but when Crystal performs one of her musical numbers at a charity benefit, she breaks down ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Miller
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Joan Collins  •  Dolores Gray  •  Leslie Nielsen

Former radio singer Kay learns from her gossipy friends that her husband, Steve, has had an affair with chorus girl Crystal. Devastated, Kay tries to ignore the information, but when Crystal performs one of her musical numbers at a charity benefit, she breaks down ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Miller
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Joan Collins  •  Dolores Gray  •  Leslie Nielsen

The Corpse Came C.O.D. (1947)

Rival reporters (George Brent, Joan Blondell) investigate a Hollywood star (Adele Jergens) and the box she receives with a dead man inside.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Levin
CAST:  George Brent  •  Joan Blondell  •  Adele Jergens  •  Jim Bannon

Rival reporters (George Brent, Joan Blondell) investigate a Hollywood star (Adele Jergens) and the box she receives with a dead man inside.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Levin
CAST:  George Brent  •  Joan Blondell  •  Adele Jergens  •  Jim Bannon

Don Juan Quilligan (1945)

When a an overly romantic barge captain marries two women, each reminding him of his mother, he finds himself resorting to prison to escape them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Tuttle
CAST:  William Bendix  •  Phil Silvers  •  Joan Blondell  •  Anne Revere

When a an overly romantic barge captain marries two women, each reminding him of his mother, he finds himself resorting to prison to escape them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Tuttle
CAST:  William Bendix  •  Phil Silvers  •  Joan Blondell  •  Anne Revere

Model Wife (1941)

Complications in a dressmaking firm when a model has to hide her marriage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leigh Jason
CAST:  Joan Blondell  •  Dick Powell  •  Charles Ruggles  •  Lee Bowman

Complications in a dressmaking firm when a model has to hide her marriage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leigh Jason
CAST:  Joan Blondell  •  Dick Powell  •  Charles Ruggles  •  Lee Bowman

Broadway's Like That (1930)

A girl who works in a music store discovers, on the eve of her wedding, that her intended husband already has a wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Hurley
CAST:  Ruth Etting  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Joan Blondell  •  Mary Philips

A girl who works in a music store discovers, on the eve of her wedding, that her intended husband already has a wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Hurley
CAST:  Ruth Etting  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Joan Blondell  •  Mary Philips
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