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Jules Furthman (adapted by)
Benno Vigny (from the play "Amy Jolly" by)
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Release Date:
6 December 1930 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Légionnaire Tom Brown

Marlene Dietrich ... Mademoiselle Amy Jolly

Adolphe Menjou ... Monsieur La Bessiere
Ullrich Haupt ... Adjutant Caesar
Eve Southern ... Madame Caesar
Francis McDonald ... Sergeant Tatoche
Paul Porcasi ... Lo Tinto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emile Chautard ... French General (uncredited)
Juliette Compton ... Anna Dolores (uncredited)
Albert Conti ... Col. Quinnovieres (uncredited)
Thomas A. Curran ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Camp Follower (uncredited)
Lillian Savin ... Moroccan Tart (uncredited)
Harry Schultz ... German Sergeant (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... Cafe Customer (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Colonel Alexandre Barratière (uncredited)

Directed by
Josef von Sternberg  (as Josef Von Sternberg)
Writing credits
Jules Furthman (adapted by)

Benno Vigny (from the play "Amy Jolly" by)

Produced by
Hector Turnbull .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Karl Hajos (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes (photographed by)
Lucien Ballard (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Sam Winston (uncredited)
Production Management
Elizabeth McGreary .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Hathaway .... second unit director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry D. Mills .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucien Ballard .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Homer Plannette .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Travis Banton .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Germany:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1931) | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:18 | UK:U (DVD rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating)
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Lux Radio Theatre version, retitled "The Legionnaire and the Lady", starring Marlene Dietrich and Clark Gable aired 1 June 1936.See more »
Tom Brown:There's a hundred ways of dyin', brother, and I'm pickin' my own way.See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Foreign Legion Affair, 15 April 2009
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

MOROCCO (Paramount, 1930), directed by Josef Von Sternberg, is noteworthy for introducing Marlene Dietrich to the American screen. Following her triumph as seductress/ cabaret entertainer, Lola-Lola, in Germany's initial talkie, THE BLUE ANGEL (1929), Von Sternberg worked wonders with her once again, placing Marlene in the desert stirring up interest between a wealthy suitor and a womanizing legionnaire instead of building sand castles or earning extra tips parking camels by the oasis.

Starting off in travelogue style with the camera on the circling globe before reaching a halt over the Northwest region of Africa. The introduction turns to legionnaires of the French Foreign Legion marching into Morocco, with Tom Brown (Gary Cooper) attracting the attention of a couple of women awaiting his return. Next scene goes to the steamer outside Morocco about to dock where Mademoiselle Amy Jolly (Marlene Dietrich), one of the passengers, awaits her new venture. Having made the acquaintance of Monsieur LeBessiere (Adolphe Menjou), a wealthy French artist, he offers her assistance, but is told, "I don't need any help." Wanting to know more about this mysterious woman, he asks the captain, who labels her as a "suicide passenger," one who travels with a one way ticket. After making a sensational debut in Lo Tinto's (Paul Porcasi) café, Amy encounters LeBessiere once again, but draws her attention towards Tom Brown sitting with his legionnaire friends. After selling him an apple, she gives him the key to her dressing room where they later get acquainted. Fearing Mademoiselle to be gaining power over him, Brown leaves. As Amy follows, she saves him from being found in the clutches of Madame Caesar (Eve Southern), wife of his senior commanding officer (Ullrich Haupt), who already has his suspicions. Cleared by Amy Jolly's testimony, Brown is released from jail and sent on a dangerous mission in the Sahara. Thinking about deserting and going away with Amy, Tom suddenly changes his mind (again!), leaving her to accept LeBessiere's marriage proposal. Learning that Tom may be wounded, Amy breaks away from her engagement party to locate him. Amy does find Tom, but not exactly recuperating in a hospital bed.

As important was THE BLUE ANGEL for Dietrich's career in Germany, MOROCCO was even more crucial for her in Hollywood. Had MOROCCO failed, Dietrich might have become another one of several European imports at the time to either return to their homeland to further advance her career, or fade away to obscurity with few films to her credit. Dietrich's performance made such an impact that she was nominated for an Academy Award, the only time in her long and successful career. Lee Garmes was also honored for his fine cinematography.

In spite of its slow pacing, being the Von Sternberg style, MOROCCO offers several scenes worth noting, including Dietrich's vocalizing of "Quand L'Amour Meurt" and "What Am I Bid For My Apples?" (by Leo Robin and Earl Hajos). For the first song sung entirely in French, Dietrich makes history dressed in tuxedo, bow tie and top hat stopping over to a female patron and kissing her briefly on the lips. This alone is what makes MOROCCO so memorable today. There's another interesting scene with the marching of the legionnaires marching out of Morocco, with the camera remaining full focus on them and camp followers until their disappearance into the far distance as the drum playing is slowly drowned out by the howling desert winds.

Regardless of others in the cast, consisting of Francis J. McDonald as Corporate Barney Tatoche, Brown's friend; Juliette Compton (Anna Dolores); and Albert Conti (Corporal Quinneviernes), the sole interest falls on its central characters: Dietrich's Amy Jolly is a loner embittered by men, yet not afraid to take a chance making the first move, especially with her exotic eyes; Gary Cooper's underplays his role as the "love 'em and leave 'em" guy, yet retains his usual screen personality, to at one point reciting his famous catch phrase, "Yep." Aside from being an "I don't care type," he's also has self respect for refusing to accept a free apple from Amy, claiming that he "always pay for what he gets," even when borrowing 20 francs for it; Menjou, whose career ranges from leads to secondary roles, is properly cast as a suitor who offers a woman unconditional love, knowing full well she cares nothing for him.

MOROCCO is one of many films from the Paramount library to be available on home video and DVD format. Television revivals were frequent when shown on commercial or public television prior to the 1990s; infrequent on cable television, especially with few revivals on Turner Classic Movies where it premiered January 2003 as part of its "star of the month" tribute to Marlene Dietrich. The movie itself probably didn't promote tourism in Morocco, but it sure helped place Dietrich on the Hollywood map. (***)

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