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The Blue Angel (1930) More at IMDbPro »Der blaue Engel (original title)

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The Blue Angel -- Marlene Dietrich stars as nightclub singer Lola Lola, whose unrestrained sexuality was a revelation to moviegoers of the early 1930's. Emil Jannings delivers a towering performance as the sexually repressed professor of a boys school who is fatefully seduced by Lola Lola and dragged down a path of personal degradation. German with English subtitles.


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Release Date:
3 January 1931 (USA) See more »
An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Emil Jannings ... Prof. Immanuel Rath

Marlene Dietrich ... Lola Lola
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
Ilse Fürstenberg ... Raths Wirtschafterin / Maid
Die Weintraub Syncopators ... Orchester / Orchestra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Friedrich Hollaender ... Pianist (uncredited)
Wolfgang Staudte ... Gymnasiast / Pupil (uncredited)

Directed by
Josef von Sternberg 
Writing credits
Heinrich Mann (novel "Professor Unrat")

Carl Zuckmayer  &
Karl Vollmöller  and
Robert Liebmann 

Josef von Sternberg  uncredited

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
Cinematography by
Günther Rittau 
Film Editing by
Walter Klee (English version)
Sam Winston  (as S.K. Winston)
Art Direction by
Otto Hunte 
Costume Design by
Tihamer Varady 
Makeup Department
Waldemar Jabs .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Oscar Schmidt .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Viktor Eisenbach .... unit manager
Art Department
Emil Hasler .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Fritz Thiery .... sound
Harry Froboess .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Hans Schneeberger .... assistant camera
Music Department
Franz Waxman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Tassilo Schneider .... english subtitler: German version
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Der blaue Engel" - Germany (original title)
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124 min | USA:107 min (TCM print) | UK:106 min | 108 min (cut) | USA:94 min (English version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 (1993) | Finland:K-16 (1952) | Finland:(Banned) (1930) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) (re-rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (f)
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The March-April issue of "Film Comment" features the Peter Hogue article "True Blue," which analyzes differences between the English and German language versions of the von Sternberg films.See more »
Lola Lola:Falling in love again, never wanted to. What's a girl to do? I can't help it. What choice do I have? That's the way I'm made. Love is all I know, I can't help it. Men swarm around me like moths 'round a flame. And if their wings are singed, surely I can't be blamed.
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Ich bin die fesche LolaSee more »


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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Humiliation, Degradation, Despair, 7 June 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Proper and respectable Emil Jannings, a teacher at a boys high school takes quite an interest in their moral well being. Seems there's this naughty establishment called The Blue Angel in his town where women have been known to entertain in various states of undress. Some of his boys have some postcards of one of the dancers and Jannings catches them with it. After confiscating the material, Jannings decides to go down to the Blue Angel and tell them not to be catering to minors.

Of course he takes one look at the subject of those naughty postcards and since it turns out to be Marlene Dietrich, he realizes his own education has been sadly neglected.

He's spotted the kids in the establishment, but they've spotted him as well. From an authoritarian figure, Jannings is now a figure of derision and has no authority in or out of the classroom. He marries Marlene and tours with her company as a clown. A return to his hometown proves to be more than he can bear.

Though Marlene Dietrich became an international sex symbol from this film and got a Hollywood contract as a result, the film is really the story of Jannings, his downfall, his humiliation, his degradation. Their respective career paths were really meeting halfway in this film. She was going to America on the strength of this film, Jannings was returning to Germany where he became a very big star and leader of Adolph Hitler's amen corner in German cinema

In the supporting cast is also Kurt Gerron who is a magician and manager of the troupe of entertainers Marlene and Jannings are part of. His life had the worst tragedy of all, as a Jew he met death in Auschwitz, but not after undergoing a lot of humiliation before. Not unlike what Jannings had in the film, but this was real life.

The Blue Angel is a milestone film for many people and in an indirect way for Adolph Hitler as well since he got his biggest film star from the cast. Still though it's a stunning bit of cinema with performances that still hold up very well today.

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