Platinum Blonde

Screening on Film
Directed by Frank Capra.
With Loretta Young, Robert Williams, Jean Harlow.
US, 1931, 35mm, black & white, 90 min.

I played it safe with an out-an-out comedy—Platinum Blonde. For a story, Jo Swerling and I stole a column from Front Page, a big hit play. As a back-up I asked Robert Riskin to write the dialogue. We loaded the picture with gags and a great cast: Loretta Young, Bobby Williams (a new comedy sensation), and—for sex—we added Jean Harlow, the reigning Love Goddess. How could I miss? I didn’t. And Harlow’s breastworks burst their silken confines on magazine covers and pin-up walls.— FC

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