Film told in flashbacks of an older man's obsession for a woman who can belong to no-one but can frustrate everyone. The backdrop is SternbergÍs surreal and fantastic Carnaval in Spain. In ... See full summary »
Josef von Sternberg
Edward Everett Horton
Young Princess Sophia of Germany is taken to Russia to marry the half-wit Grand Duke Peter, son of the Empress. The domineering Empress hopes to improve the royal blood line. Sophia doesn't... See full summary »
On the eve of World War II (1939) English officer Ralph Denistoun is in Nazi Germany on an espionage mission to recover a poison gas formula from Prof. Krosigk. He is helped by Lydia and ... See full summary »
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
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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1992. See more »
Lo Tinto, Nightclub Owner:
[At the nightclub, to the newly arrived Amy Jolly]
Now, you may have heard of me, or not. My house is patronized by the finest society in Morocco... Now, what was I going to say?... Oh, yes: Pick yourself a protector. It will give you prestige. An officer in the Legion. They will tell you that the officers in the Legion are unimportant, that the common Legionnaire is the thing. They will tell you that Private so-and-so is a Russian prince or an ex-general, that he joined the Legion to forget his...
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The arrival of a sultry cabaret singer on the coast of MOROCCO arouses the interest of a young French Foreign Légionnaire.
Marlene Dietrich made her American movie debut in this intriguing & lavish film directed by her German mentor Josef von Sternberg. Mesmerizing & mysterious, her flawless face a mask only hinting at seductive delights, Dietrich teases & tantalizes, her halting English adding to her sphinx-like demeanor. From her rendition of the innuendo-laden "What Am I Bid For My Apple?" until her barefoot walk across the blistering dunes as one of the Legion's 'rear guard,'; she delivers a performance impossible to ignore.
Although he receives top billing, Gary Cooper seems to realize that this picture was going to belong to Dietrich. He makes the most of his role, not really heroic in the conventional sense, but sturdy and honest, while still enjoying pre-Code flings with every female within reach. Adolphe Menjou plays refreshingly against type, portraying a middle aged millionaire who will do anything for the woman he adores, even if that means relinquishing her to another man.
In small but vivid roles, Paul Porcasi plays Dietrich's nervous little theater manager and Ullrich Haupt is quietly intense as Cooper's cuckolded commandant.
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