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Warner Archive Anniversary: Debbie Reynolds, Joan Blondell

Warner Archive: Debbie Reynolds, Joan Blondell, Ursula Andress (image: Nuns Greer Garson and Debbie Reynolds, and priest Ricardo Montalban celebrate the Warner Archive's fourth anniversary – or was it Greer Garson's birthday? – on the Singing Nun set) The Warner Archive, currently offering 1,500 DVDs and Blu-rays, turned four years old in March. New releases celebrating the Big Four include movies featuring Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell, Joan Blondell, Eleanor Parker, John Garfield, Ursula Andress, Alexis Smith, and Richard Barthelmess. Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Blondell Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds are sisters in Richard Thorpe's musical comedy Athena (1954), which also features Edmund Purdom, Vic Damone, Tyrone Power's then-wife Linda Christian, Citizen Kane's Ray Collins, frequent Jerry Lewis foil Kathleen […]


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Joan Blondell Bio: Warner Bros. Movies & Real Life Love Triangle + Condom Censorship

Joan Blondell biography. Joan Blondell. Those who have heard the name will most likely picture either a blowsy, older woman playing the worldwise but warm-hearted saloon owner in the late 1960s television series Here Come the Brides, or a lively, fast-talking, no-nonsense, and unconventionally sexy gold digger in numerous Pre-Code Warner Bros. comedies and musicals of the early 1930s. Matthew Kennedy's Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes (University Press of Mississippi, 2007) seeks to rectify that cultural memory lapse. Not that Blondell doesn't deserve to be remembered for Here Come the Brides or, say, Gold Diggers of 1933, Footlight Parade, Havana Widows, and Broadway Bad. It's just that her other work – from her immensely touching performance as a sexually […]


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Joan Blondell Bio: Warner Bros. Movies & Real Life Love Triangle + Condom Censorship



Joan Blondell Movies: 'Dames' & 'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?'

Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Dames Joan Blondell has always been a favorite of mine, much like fellow wisecracking 1930s Warner Bros. players Aline MacMahon and Glenda Farrell. The fact that Blondell never became a top star says more about audiences – who preferred, say, Shirley Temple and Mickey Rooney – than about Blondell's screen presence and acting abilities. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” film series, Turner Classic Movies is currently showing no less than 16 Joan Blondell movies today, including the TCM premiere of the 1968 crime drama Kona Coast. Directed by Lamont Johnson, Kona Coast stars Richard Boone and the capable Vera Miles. Blondell has a supporting role – one of two dozen from 1950 (For […]


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Joan Blondell Movies: 'Dames' & 'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?'