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The Blue Angel (1930)
"Der blaue Engel" (original title)

 -  Drama | Music  -  3 January 1931 (USA)
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An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kurt Gerron ...
Zauberkünstler Kiepert / The Magician
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Guste Kiepert / The Magician's Wife
Hans Albers ...
Mazeppa / The Strongman
Reinhold Bernt ...
Der Clown / The Clown
Eduard von Winterstein ...
Schuldirektor / The Director of School (as Eduard V. Winterstein)
Hans Roth ...
Hausmeister / The Caretaker of the Secondary School
Rolf Müller ...
Gymnasiast Angst / Pupil
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Gymnasiast Lohmann / Pupil (as Rolant Varno)
Carl Balhaus ...
Gymnasiast Ertzum / Pupil (as Karl Balhaus)
Robert Klein-Lörk ...
Gymnasiast Goldstaub / Pupil
Charles Puffy ...
Wirt / Innkeeper (as Karl Huszar-Puffy)
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Kapitän / Captain
Gerhard Bienert ...
Polizist / Policeman
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Storyline

Immanuel Rath, an old bachelor, is a professor at the town's university. When he discovers that some of his pupils often go into a speakeasy, The Blue Angel, to visit a dancer, Lola Lola, he comes there to confront them. But he is attracted to Lola. The next night he comes again--and does not sleep at home. This causes trouble at work and his life takes a downward spiral. Written by Yepok & Justin

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Drama | Music

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Release Date:

3 January 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Blue Angel  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,451 (USA) (13 July 2001)

Gross:

$77,982 (USA) (7 December 2001)
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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This was Emil Jannings' final English-language film (it was released in both German and English versions - see Alternate Versions). See more »

Quotes

Kiepert: You must drink. I'm not paying for your art.
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Connections

Referenced in The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich bin die fesche Lola
(uncredited)
Written by Friedrich Hollaender
Performed by Marlene Dietrich
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User Reviews

 
A masterpiece
19 July 2002 | by (Cheltenham England) – See all my reviews

Marlene Dietrich at her best in the German language version of Joseph Von Sternbergs THE BLUE ANGEL, unfortuonatly the English language version was rushed and not made very well so the film never really went down well with 1930s English speaking audiences. The film to me is a dark look at self destruction and degradation. My favourite scene in the film is at the end when Lola Lola is sitting almost triumphantly on a bar stool crooning "falling in love again" whilst her lover, the once great professer slips out into the dark street preparing to walk the long road to death. Although visually the film is no longer superior and Dietrich does not appear to have lost any of her plumpness as she would for her American debut she still appears radiant and her on screen persona would never be quite so strong again, maybe it is because this is the only film that Dietrich would make speaking in her Mother tongue.


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