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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
Rosa Valetti ...
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
Roland Varno ...
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)
Wilhelm Diegelmann ...
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

Marlene Dietrich's screen test for this film survives. In it, she pretends to upbraid her pianist, played by 'Friedrich Hollander', the film's composer. She then sings the chorus of "You're the Cream In My Coffee" a number of times, in English, after which she climbs on the piano, hitches up her skirt (to show her legs) and sings, in German, a torch song called "Why Cry" by Peter Kreuder, a well-known song-writer who became the film's orchestrator. See more »

Quotes

[singing]
Lola Lola: Falling in love again/ Never wanted to/ What am I to do?/ I can't help it.
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Featured in Judgement in Berlin (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Nimm Dich in Acht vor blonden Frau'n
(uncredited)
Written by Friedrich Hollaender
Performed by Marlene Dietrich
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One of the Truly Great Films!
18 August 2003 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Like THE GODFATHER, CITIZEN KANE, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER and a few others,

THE BLUE ANGEL is one of the great films of all time, simply because

everything works.

Marlene Dietrich is amazing, probably never as good again, as her Lola

is the quintessential woman mixed with Circe, Delilah and all things

different and apart. As she leads men to their doom she sings honestly

that she "just can't help it," yet men follow her willingly. Emil

Jannings as Professor Rath gives what, in my estimation, is the greatest

performance by an actor on film, first as a martinet, then a man finding

first love, then a devoted married man, then a cuckold, a clown and,

finally a broken, destroyed man. (The moment where he wakes in Lola's

bed and finds delight in Lola's doll is one of the great miniatures in

any film.) To see Kurt Gerron's powerful, nuanced performance as the

leader of the rag tag cabaret troop is heartbreaking when you know that

the perished ina gas chamber only a few years later.) Director Josef Von

Sternberg leads the proceedings through staid classrooms, down twisting

expressionist streets, to the tawdry inside of "The Blue Angel", and

finally, through the labyrinth of Rath's life leading inexorably to his

downfall. Symbolism, from a dead canary to the noose like collars

clowns wear, abound. And oh the songs by Freidrich Hollander! (Kander

and Ebb must have watched this film many times before writing CABARET as

so many parts of that production...including the gift of a

pineapple..are seen here.)

I have seen this film again and again and every time it is fresh as it

was the first time, and, I would suppose, as it was in 1929. What a

great, great film!!!


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