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Morocco (1930)

Passed  -  Romance | Drama  -  6 December 1930 (USA)
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A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself.

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Légionnaire Tom Brown
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Monsieur La Bessiere
Ullrich Haupt ...
Adjutant Caesar
Eve Southern ...
Madame Caesar
Francis McDonald ...
Sergeant Tatoche
Paul Porcasi ...
Lo Tinto
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Storyline

The Foreign Legion marches in to Mogador with booze and women in mind just as singer Amy Jolly arrives from Paris to work at Lo Tinto's cabaret. That night, insouciant legionnaire Tom Brown catches her inimitably seductive, tuxedo-clad act. Both bruised by their past lives, the two edge cautiously into a no-strings relationship while being pursued by others. But Tom must leave on a perilous mission: is it too late for them? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Romance | Drama

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Release Date:

6 December 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amy Jolly  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

First American film of German director Josef von Sternberg. See more »

Quotes

La Bessiere: Mademoiselle, may I have the honor of your company after the performance?
La Bessiere: I am sorry, I have disposed of the balance of the evening.
La Bessiere: Some other time, perhaps?
Amy Jolly: [Coyly] Of course.
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Referenced in Glee: Theatricality (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Me the Man
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Karl Hajos
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Written for the movie and possibly played as background music
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Marlene Comes to America
11 March 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After her stunning international success in The Blue Angel, Marlene Dietrich was open to all kinds of film offers from all countries. She shrewdly negotiated with Adolph Zukor at Paramount Pictures in the USA and made her feature film debut in Morocco co-starring with Paramount's number one leading man Gary Cooper. She couldn't have predicted it, but it was a permanent move away from Germany.

Dietrich was a package deal for with her came the director of The Blue Angel Joseph Von Sternberg. No doubt Von Sternberg created the image that we now know her for, sensual, alluring, and standing by her man when she does make her choice.

One thing about Morocco I found different than most of the films I've seen of Dietrich is that she's not in control of the situation. In most films she usually is, but in Morocco Cooper's very much in charge. She's got a wealthy man in Adolphe Menjou panting after her, but she can't see him for beans. It's Gary Cooper an ordinary dogface Foreign Legionaire that she's fallen for.

Cooper in fact plays a part Tyrone Power would affect great success with later, a hero/heel. Cooper is carrying on an affair with the wife of one of the officers at his post when he meets Dietrich. The man must have had something going for him.

Von Sternberg did a great job in creating the atmosphere of not only Morocco, but of the Foreign Legion. Men with forgotten pasts and dubious futures, living only for the moment.

Although I think Marlene Dietrich did better films than Morocco in her Hollywood years, Morocco was a grand and auspicious beginning for her.


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