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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Sunday, September 11, 2005


Joan Blondell

JOAN BLONDELL (1906-1979), born Rose Joan Blondell, played usually the wisecracking best friend. Blondell is one of the most talented and underrated character actresses in the movies.

Footlight Parade (1933)Haven't you seen Footlight Parade (1933)? This is the one where she gets the classic line when James Cagney kicks out his girlfriend, she complains about not having anywhere to go. "Don't worry," Blondell assures her, "as long as there are sidewalks, you'll have a job."

Watch this and then see these other four films.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) Her best loved role as the kooky Aunt Sissy.
Blonde Crazy (1931) Another romp with her favorite leading man and real life friend, James Cagney.
Topper Returns (1941) She's the ghostest with the mostest as she helps the meek banker solve her own murder.
The Cincinnati Kid (1965) A small role in middle age but, as usual, she made it unforgettable.

*Contributed by: "Wendell Price" Date: Sun, Dec 23 2001 / 00:52:08 PST

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1951 Nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: THE BLUE VEIL