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Kansas City Princess

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Kansas City Princess
Movie poster
Directed byWilliam Keighley
Written by
Produced byLou Edelman
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Edited byWilliam Clemens
Music byLeo F. Forbstein
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • October 13, 1934 (1934-10-13)
Running time
64 min.
CountryUnited States

Kansas City Princess is a 1934 American comedy film starring Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell.[1][2][3] The film was directed by William Keighley with a script written by Sy Bartlett and Manuel Seff.

Warner Bros. sought to duplicate the success of Havana Widows (1933) by pairing Blondell and Farrell as a comedy duo of blonde bombshells; Kansas City Princess was the third film to feature this pairing. The film was released by Warner Bros. on October 13, 1934.

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Kansas City manicurist Rosie Sturges is in a relationship with minor gangster Dynamite Carson. Her friend and roommate Marie Callahan is a fellow manicurist seeking a rich husband. Marie dislikes Dynamite and urges Rosie to drop him. With Dynamite out of town, Marie prompts Rosie to take a date with customer Jimmy the Duke. However, the girls do not know that Jimmy is an associate of Dynamite, who is furious to learn that Marie has been dating behind his back.

Fearing Dynamite's anger, Rosie and Marie leave Kansas City by disguising themselves as members a girls' group to board a train to New York. With Dynamite in pursuit, the girls meet two businessmen in New York, Samuel Warren and Jim Cameron. After Dynamite corners them on a ship to Paris, the girls trick the two men into throwing their purses out the window to borrow money for their fares and new clothes. Dynamite becomes a bodyguard for millionaire Junior Ashcraft, who is sailing to Paris to confront his wife whom he suspects has been having an affair with Dr. Sascha Pilnakoff.

When Rosie and Marie learn that Junior is on the ship, they pose as French manicurists to persuade him to give them the money to repay their debt, not knowing that Dynamite is his bodyguard. Dynamite exposes them to Junior and the girls become hysterical. Junior gives them the money and asks them to accompany him to Paris to meet with his private investigator Marcel.

In Paris, Junior, Dynamite and the girls meet with Marcel. Rosie poses as Dr. Sascha's lover to force Junior's wife to leave him and reconcile with Junior. However, Marcel double-crosses him and instead leads his wife to find Junior with Marie. Junior decides to get a divorce and marry Marie. Rosie also accepts Dynamite's marriage proposal, but only if he promises to leave the world of crime.


Blondell and Farrell in Kansas City Princess (1934)


In production, the film was titled Princess of Kansas City. The film was completed three months before its release, but Warner Bros. delayed its release until after the birth of Joan Blondell's child to reduce the length of her interval between pictures.[4]


Andre Senwald of The New York Times wrote: "If you can imagine the Misses Blondell and Farrell as bogus girl Scouts you can imagine almost anything, a factor which should prove of considerable assistance at Kansas City Princess. In the athletic farce at the Roxy these racy girls, the screen's foremost professors in the study of the female acquisitive instinct, are demonstrating the merry art of getting something for nothing. Like most of the product which wears the Warner Brothers trade-mark, this one is fast and lively even when it isn't funny. Its principal misfortune is that its stock is shopworn. The cynical gold-digger has gone out of fashion lately, and the photoplay suffers the ills of obsolescence. The humor is improved by Hugh Herbert and Robert Armstrong, while Osgood Perkins is attractively loony as a treacherous French detective. But Kansas City Princess is muscular, loud and frantic, rather than impressively hilarious, and even for farce it never makes a great deal of sense."[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Kansas City Princess". Moviefone. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Kansas City Princess (1934)". British Film Institute. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "The Kansas City Princess (1934)". All Movie. Archived from the original on September 28, 2016. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "The Kansas City Princess". American film Institute: catalog of feature films. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  5. ^ SENWALD, ANDRE (November 5, 1934). "Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell in 'Kansas City Princess,' at the Roxy -- Other Films". The New York Times. Retrieved September 22, 2016.

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