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Gold Diggers of 1933Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Dir. Mervyn LeRoy
Feat. Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon
Busby Berkeley brings his snappy camerawork and choreography magic to the production numbers of this pre–'Hays code' musical, in which Dick…
Footlight ParadeFootlight Parade (1933)
Dir. Lloyd Bacon, Busby Berkeley
Feat. James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler
James Cagney stars as an indefatigable Broadway producer, working show–biz miracles to keep his company afloat through the Depression. Most…
DamesDames (1934)
Dir. Ray Enright, Busby Berkeley
Feat. Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, ZaSu Pitts
This blissful musical battle between stage–hopefuls and a disapproving decency group is often referred to by critics as the 'Gold Diggers of…
A Tree Grows in BrooklynA Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
Dir. Elia Kazan
Feat. Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn
Dir. Kazan's restrained debut, adapting Betty Smith's novel about a family of immigrants making do in the Brooklyn tenements of the early 20th…
Nightmare AlleyNightmare Alley (1947) Recommended
Dir. Edmund Goulding
Feat. Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray
Cast against type, Tyrone Power smolders as a nefarious conman whose powers of seduction are employed to crib a secret mind–reading act from a…
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
Dir. Frank Tashlin
Feat. Tony Randall, Jayne Mansfield, Joan Blondell
Single ad man Tony Randall saves his job but complicates his romantic life by using superstar sexpot Jayne Mansfield in a lipstick campaign.…
Desk SetDesk Set (His Other Woman) (1957) Recommended
Dir. Walter Lang
Feat. Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gig Young
Screwball Tracy–Hepburn vehicle makes good use of their excellent chemistry. Tracy is an efficiency expert come to computerise a New York firm…
Cincinnati Kid, TheCincinnati Kid, The (1965)
Dir. Norman Jewison
Feat. Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Tuesday Weld
Memorable visit to the shady world of card–sharking in Depression–era America, with some excellent character acting from a great cast.

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