Filmography

1930      

The Office Wife

Sinners’ Holiday

 

1931      

Other Men’s Women

Millie

Illicit

God’s Gift to Women

The Public Enemy

My Past

Big Business Girl

Night Nurse

The Reckless Hour

Blonde Crazy

 

1932      

Union Depot

The Greeks Had a Word for Them

The Crowd Roars

The Famous Ferguson Case

Make Me a Star

Miss Pinkerton

Big City Blues

Three on a Match

Central Park

 

1933      

Lawyer Man

Broadway Bad

Blondie Johnson

Gold Diggers of 1933

Goodbye Again

Footlight Parade

Havana Widows

Convention City

 

1934      

I’ve Got Your Number

He Was Her Man

Smarty

Dames

Kansas City Princess

 

1935      

Traveling Saleslady

Broadway Gondolier

We’re in the Money

Miss Pacific Fleet

 

1936      

Colleen

Sons o’ Guns

Bullets or Ballots

Stage Struck

Three Men on a Horse

Gold Diggers of 1937

 

1937      

The King and the Chorus Girl

Back in Circulation

The Perfect Specimen

Stand-In

 

1938      

There’s Always a Woman

 

1939      

Off the Record

East Side of Heaven

The Kid from Kokomo

Good Girls Go to Paris

The Amazing Mr. Williams

 

1940      

Two Girls on Broadway

I Want a Divorce

 

1941      

Topper Returns

Model Wife

Three Girls About Town

 

1942      

Lady for a Night

 Cry ‘Havoc’

 

1945      

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

Don Juan Quilligan

Adventure

 

1947      

The Corpse Came C.O.D.

Nightmare Alley

Christmas Eve

 

1950      

For Heaven’s Sake

 

1951      

The Blue Veil

 

1956      

The Opposite Sex

 

1957      

Lizzie

Desk Set

This Could Be the Night

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

 

1961      

Angel Baby

 

1964      

Advance to the Rear

 

1965      

The Cincinnati Kid

 

1966      

Ride Beyond Vengeance

 

1967      

Waterhole #3

 

1968      

Stay Away, Joe

Kona Coast

 

1969      

Big Daddy

 

1970      

The Phynx

 

1971      

Support Your Local Gunfighter!

 

1975      

The Dead Don’t Die

 

1976      

Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood

 

1977      

The Baron

Opening Night

 

1978      

Grease

 

1979      

The Rebels 

The Champ

 

1981      

The Woman Inside

Awards

She was nominated for Best Actress in A Supporting Role.

1952 The Blue Veil

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. ~ Joan Blondell  

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Actress, Biographies

Born into vaudeville, Joan was on the stage when she was three years old. For years, she toured with her parents and joined a stock company when she was 17. She made her New York debut with the Ziegfeld Follies and appeared in several Broadway productions. She was starring with James Cagney on Broadway in “Penny Arcade” (1929) when Warner Brothers decided to film the play as Sinners’ Holiday (1930). Both Cagney and Joan were given the leads, and the film was a success.

She would be teamed with Cagney again in The Public Enemy (1931) and Blonde Crazy (1931) among others. In The Office Wife (1930), she stole the scene when she was dressing for work. While Warner Brothers made Cagney a star, Joan never rose to that level. In gangster movies or musicals, her performances were good enough for second leads, but not first lead. In the 1930s, she made a career playing gold-diggers and happy-go-lucky girlfriends. She would be paired with Dick Powell in ten musicals during these years, and they were married for ten years. By 1939, Joan had left Warner Brothers to become an independent actress, but by then, the blonde role was being defined by actresses like Veronica Lake. Her work slowed greatly as she went into straight comedy or dramatic roles. Three of her better roles were in Topper Returns (1941), Cry ‘Havoc’ (1943), and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945).

By the 50s, Joan would garner an Academy Award nomination for The Blue Veil (1951), but her biggest career successes would be on the stage, including a musical version of “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” In 1957, Joan would again appear on the screen as a drunk in Lizzie (1957) and as mature companion to Jayne Mansfield in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957). While she would appear in a number of television shows during the 50s and 60s, she had the regular role of Winifred on The Real McCoys (1957) during the 1963 season. Her role in the drama The Cincinnati Kid (1965) was well received, but most of her remaining films would be comedies such as Waterhole #3 (1967) and Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971). Still in demand for TV, she was cast as Lottie on Here Come the Brides (1968) and as Peggy on Banyon (1971).

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