splash  What did critics think of Louise Brooks and Just Another Blonde (1926)? Opinion of the film was mixed, though often negative. Still, it was somewhat popular. Here is a survey, in the form of a number of quotes, from some of the newspapers and magazines of the time. All sources are American.


Just Another Blonde is just another of those fillums, which the average person would rather go in to look at than stand in the rain and get slopping wet. Although, a considerable line took the rain for hours in front of the Warfield yesterday for the privilege of beholding it.” — Idwal Jones, San Francisco Examiner

“While Dorothy Mackaill and Jack Mulhall sustain most of the heart interest, it falls to Louise Brooks and William Collier, Jr. to provide the laughs. They do so often and well. And they don’t use any ‘funny’ makeup. Our roses go to these two. They more than make the picture worthwhile.” — “Herb” Cruikshank, New York Morning Telegraph

“Miss Brooks is attractive as Diana, and she has benefited by Mr. Santell’s direction.” — Mordaunt Hall, New York Times

“Louise Brooks and William Collier, Jr. supporting the Mulhall-Mackaill team, do their best to convince an undecided public regarding mendacity of the blonde rumor and Miss Brooks is one of the best brunette contradictions to the lighter hypothesis that can be found on the silver screen.” — Ella H. McCormick, Detroit Free Press

“Louise Brooks is notably agreeable with her quiet, demure handling of a bobbed and understanding young sophisticate.” — Rush, Variety

“Jack Mulhall and Dorothy Mackaill are well cast in the leading roles and the same is true of Louise Brooks and William Collier, Jr., as their pals each give thoroughly creditable interpretations of their roles and add materially to the entertainment value of the picture.” — Moving Picture World

“And certainly Mr. Collier may be forgiven for any latent gaucherie betrayed in finding Miss Brooks attractive.” — R. S. B., Boston Evening Transcript

“Louise Brooks has less chance to act than the other three but she forms a very attractive fourth to the little situation, and serves as an interesting contrast to the very blonde Dorothy.” — Katherine Lipke, Los Angeles Times

“Jack Mulhall, along with Buster Collier, Dorothy Mackaill and Louise Brooks make an excellent comedy-drama foursome who play at the game of love and life in a most human manner.” — Jimmy Starr, Los Angeles Record

“Louise Brooks was extremely pert and chic as the girl friend.” — Elena Binkley, Hollywood Daily Citizen

“Miss Mackaill is Blondie and is pushed hard for honors by Louise Brooks as Blackie.” — Frances V. Feldkamp, St. Louis Globe-Democrat

“On the whole, the picture is one that rates about average as far as goodness, but in general entertainment value, it is far above the average.” — Donald Beaton, Film Spectator

“William Collier, Jr. and Louise Brooks are included in the cast and with their humorous and modern capers add much to the picture.” — Fresno Bee