“You’re a fool, Vivienne. Take it from one who has been there.” So advises Joan Blondell’s chorus girl to Ann Dvorak’s bored socialite sinking into a boozy, criminal underworld in this scorching pre-Code classic. The inimitable, sympathetic grit with which Blondell delivers the line lies at the heart of her appeal to Depression-era audiences.
35mm, b/w, 64 min. DIR: Mervyn LeRoy. SCR: Lucien Hubbard. CAST: Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Bette Davis.