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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(adapted by), (from the play "Amy Jolly" by)
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Complete credited cast:
Monsieur La Bessiere
Ullrich Haupt ...
Adjutant Caesar
Eve Southern ...
Madame Caesar
Francis McDonald ...
Sergeant Tatoche
Paul Porcasi ...
Lo Tinto


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 <>

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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The film is notable for two story elements which were controversial at the time of release: Marlene Dietrich is seen kissing a woman on screen as well as for wearing a tuxedo suit designed for a man. See more »


Madame Caesar: Tom, I must see you tonight.
Tom Brown: See me tonight? What if your husband sees you tonight?
Madame Caesar: He isn't going to see me...
Tom Brown: Isn't he? What if he does?
Madame Caesar: [Coyly, quoting a classic line from the time of Julius Caesar] Caesar's wife is above suspicion.
Tom Brown: Yeah? You may know something about ancient history, but I know something about husbands.
[Gives her a little salute and walks off]
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Referenced in Cuerpo a cuerpo (1984) See more »


What Am I Bid for My Apple?
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Karl Hajos
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Marlene Dietrich in Lo Tinto's nightclub
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Best film by Dietrich-Sternberg team.
5 November 2005 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

A classic. One of those magic films in which everything works. The casting is a miracle: Dietrich and Cooper, the hottest couple in film history. Marlene never was better than in this film (well, in Shangay express perhaps), even if she looks too big (anyway not as much as in Der blaue engel). It retains the atmospheric brilliance and fascination of that famous (and overrated) first collaboration. Improuvements since that film: much better rhythm (the main problem with Der Blaue Engel, which at times looks completely dead), it gives more importance on gestures, faces and PEOPLE (not just icons or characters). One wonderful song and one of the best love scenes in all history (the one in the bedroom with Cooper playing with a fan and Dietrich showing her legs, neither of them were ever better than in here). The ending is appropriate, and you feel that after all that beauty and magical scenes, in that one hour and a half three people have changed, they just have a different attitude in life and a better understanding of what they need and what they look for). From my point of view the other masterpiece by Sternberg-Dietrich is Shangai Express.

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