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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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[singing, at the nightclub]
What am I bid for my apple, the fruit that made Adam so wise? On the historic night, when he took a bite, they discovered a new paradise. An apple, they say, keeps the doctor away, while his pretty young wife has the time of her life, with the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker... Oh, what am I bid for my apple?
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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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