Screen Love

Marlene . . . Joan . . . time travel.


Joan Blondell eats with the boys at a North Atlantic base while on a United Service Organization (USO) camp show tour

When I was in college (the second time), I fell in love with Joan Blondell.  At the time I was 33 and Joan was 99.  I just couldn’t help marveling at the full bodied, big eyed beauty joking around on the screen as we watched Gold Diggers of 1933 in my “Reel American History” class.  Years later I discovered that she was also the cuddly looking, grey-haired waitress in the movie Grease.  That’s when I realized it probably wasn’t going to work between us.

Still, I couldn’t shake the ending of Gold Diggers of 1933.  The movie is your typical Busby Berkeley, showgirls-in-symmetrical-order, film.  In general, it’s about girls needing a man with money to survive.  But it’s also about the show within the show and, in the…

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