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

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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 overview, first billed only:
Kurt Gerron ...
Zauberkünstler Kiepert / The Magician
Guste Kiepert / The Magician's Wife
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
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)
Kapitän / Captain
Gerhard Bienert ...
Polizist / Policeman


Germany 1924. Middle aged Dr. Immanuel Rath is a literature professor at a boys college. Most of his students don't much like him, often calling him "unrath" - German for garbage. Dr. Rath learns that many of his boys often frequent a cabaret called Der blaue Engel - the Blue Angel - which he believes is corrupting their impressionable young minds. He heads to the Blue Angel himself to catch the boys in the act and shame them into not going again. Over several visits, Rath is able to catch the boys, but in the process he also understands what attracts the boys, namely the headlining performer Lola Lola. Rath falls under Lola's spell, he who falls in love with her - and she seemingly with him - so much so that he wants to marry her and give up his teaching career to be with her on her travels from cabaret to cabaret. Their relationship ends up not being what either envisioned, the question being how they will both deal with their disintegrating relationship and the reasons behind that ... Written by Huggo

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3 January 1931 (USA)  »

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


$77,982 (USA) (7 December 2001)

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Kinder, heut' abend, da such' ich mir was aus
Written by Friedrich Hollaender
Performed by Marlene Dietrich
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Marlene Dietrich's ticket to Hollywood Stardom!
12 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joseph von Sternberg 'packaged' his muse, Marlene Dietrich to become a world star with "The Blue Angel". The disturbing story of a revue entertainer (Dietrich) and the middle aged professor(Emil Jannings)who falls madly in love with, and later is destroyed by her, based on the novel "Professor Unrat".

Many unforgettable songs by Friedrich Hollander are featured, most noteworthy of course "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt" ("Falling in Love Again") and "Ich bin die feche Lola" ("They Call Me Naughty Lola").

There is an English language version available (filmed simultaneously for an intended International release), but I recommend the original German with subtitles. Many effects are lost with the former. I can highly recommend this film, a must for fans of either the stars or the director!*****

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