Blonde Venus

Synopsis: American chemist Ned Faraday marries a German entertainer and starts a family. However, he becomes poisoned with Radium and needs an expensive treatment in Germany to have any chance at being cured. Wife Helen returns to night club work to attempt to raise the money and becomes popular as the Blonde Venus. In an effort to get enough money sooner, she prostitutes herself to millionaire Nick Townsend. While Ned is away in Europe, she continues with Nick but when Ned returns cured, he discovers her infidelity. Now Ned despises Helen but she grabs son Johnny and lives on the run, just one step ahead of the Missing Persons Bureau. When they do finally catch her, she loses her son to Ned. Once again she returns to entertaining, this time in Paris, and her fame once again brings her and Townsend together. Helen and Nick return to America engaged, but she is irresistibly drawn back to her son and Ned. In which life does she truly belong?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Josef von Sternberg
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

- Any children?

- Yes, a little boy.

- Does your wife know about your condition?

- She does.

I told her last night.

Come to think of it, I've just heard

from a friend of mine in Germany.

There's a specialist there named...

What was that name?


- Been pretty successful in cases like yours.

- Holzapfel? At Dresden?

- Yes. Do you know him?

- Do I know him?

He was one of my professors

when I was studying over there.

He was, was he?

Doctor, how much do you think

it would cost?

Well, the cure is said to take

three or four months.

I should say about $1,500.


- That's a lot of money, isn't it?

- It certainly is.

- Aren't you working?

- Only at odd jobs, one or two days a week.

Let's see. I could let you have, say, $50.

No, Doctor, thank you.

Thank you so much for your patience.

Glad you came to see me.

Bedtime, Johnny.

Daddy, can't I just stay up

10 minutes longer?


- Five?

- No.

- Two?

- No.


Wait a minute, Mummy.

Right in the bull's eye, Johnny.

- Which one are you going to tell me?

- Which one do you want to hear?

- The one about Germany.

- But you've heard that one so often.

- I want to hear it again.

- Ned.


- All set, Daddy?

- You bet.

Go on, Mummy.

It was springtime in Germany...

It was springtime in Germany,

and it was warm.

I had spring fever

and the air was full of blossoms.

Now it's your turn.

Let's see. I was out with

some other students on a walking trip...

and pretty soon we came to a dragon

sitting in an automobile...

who told us there was a magic pool

in the forest.

- And what did you do?

- We went to the pool, of course.

- And what do you suppose we saw?

- What?

Imagine! Half a dozen princesses

taking a bath.

- And what did you do when you saw him?

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Jules Furthman

Jules Furthman (March 5, 1888 – September 22, 1966) was a magazine and newspaper writer before working as a screenwriter. more…

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