Platinum Blonde

Platinum Blonde

DVD - 2003
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"Platinum blonde is a glorious spoof of the newspaper business in New York City during the Depression; Ann Schuyler, a wealthy socialite, meets reporter "Stew" Smith and the two fall madly in love. The comedy begins as she tries to transform him from a ruffian newsman into a convincing gentleman."--Container.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, [2003]
Edition: DVD edition full screen version.
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780767834278
0767834275
Branch Call Number: 791.4361 PLATINUM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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Even though this "Poor-Boy-Meets-Rich-Girl" Screwball comedy from 1931 was given the decidedly misleading title of "Platinum Blonde" - It certainly wasn't Jean Harlow's character who carried this film's story and made it all work. No, it was not.

IMO - Harlow (20 at the time) only served as being mere window-dressing in this picture. That's all.

The actor who was really the focus of "Platinum Blonde" was Robert (never heard of him?) Williams who played Stew Smith, the outrageously bold, wisecracking, womanizing, newspaper reporter who'd do just about anything for a scoop.

I'm someone who usually avoids watching Screwball comedies from Hollywood's heyday - But this early "Frank Capra" production actually did appeal to me on account of Williams, not Harlow.

*Note* - 4 days following this film's initial theatrical release, Robert Williams (34 at the time) died from a burst bladder..... The tragic end to a potentially promising career.

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KerrAvon
Jul 12, 2011

Charming and witty, hats off to the whole team!

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