“In the ’20s, you were a face. And that was enough. In the ’30s, you also had to be a voice. And your voice had to match your face, if you can imagine that. Jimmy Cagney and Eddie Robinson had voices that were as important as the characters they played.” Joan Blondell

Not a very good movie, one immortal line, “Mmm, that dirty, double-crossin’ rat!”

However, the art work for this lobby card is worth taking a look at:

And, as mentioned by Mr. Kaplan in the comments, perhaps acting in pre-code Hollywood required a bit of legwork as well.

Blondell, Joan_01

One comment

  1. George Kaplan

    Such a piece of art, I love those dresses too. There’s a picture of Joan Blondell posing apparently naked with her legs straddling a chair that predates the famous Christine Keeler portrait by three decades. I’m guessing it was pre-code because it was *very* “suggestive” as they used to say and she looked positively va-va-voomish! Almost like Jean Harlow in Red Dust who was so free and fun and glowing with capital “S” Sex. Um, in my opinion – not that I notice such things, you understand – I’m a monk…pure.

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