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Release Date:
25 November 1932 (France) See more »
From the lips of one MAN to the arms of another! See more »
A cabaret singer takes up with a millionaire to pay for her gravely ill husband's operation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlene Dietrich ... Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones

Herbert Marshall ... Edward 'Ned' Faraday

Cary Grant ... Nick Townsend

Dickie Moore ... Johnny Faraday
Gene Morgan ... Ben Smith
Rita La Roy ... Taxi Belle Hooper
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Dan O'Connor

Sidney Toler ... Detective Wilson
Morgan Wallace ... Dr. Pierce
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Clarence Muse ... Charlie, the Bartender (unconfirmed)
Eric Alden ... Guard (uncredited)
Harold Berquist ... Big Fellow (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Emile Chautard ... Chautard, French Nightclub Manager (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Bartender Bringing Two Beers (uncredited)
Marcelle Corday ... Helen's Maid in France (uncredited)
Cecil Cunningham ... Norfolk Woman Manager (uncredited)
Clifford Dempsey ... Judge in Paris Nightclub Talking to Nick (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Landlady (uncredited)
Robert Graves ... La Farge (uncredited)

Sterling Holloway ... Joe, Hiker (uncredited)
Elsa Janssen ... Gossip (uncredited)
James Kilgannon ... Janitor (uncredited)
Brady Kline ... New Orleans Policeman (uncredited)
Bessie Lyle ... Grace (uncredited)

Hattie McDaniel ... Cora, Helen's Maid in New Orleans (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Bob (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Evelyn Preer ... Viola (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Greek Restaurant Owner (uncredited)
Francis Sayles ... Charlie Blaine (uncredited)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... Henry (uncredited)
Gertrude Short ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... Companion (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Hotel Manager in Baltimore (uncredited)

Kent Taylor ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jerry Tucker ... Otto (uncredited)
Mildred Washington ... Viola, the Maid (uncredited)
Lloyd Whitlock ... Baltimore Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Josef von Sternberg 
Writing credits
Jules Furthman (by) and
S.K. Lauren (by)

Jules Furthman  story (uncredited)
Josef von Sternberg  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Josef von Sternberg .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
W. Franke Harling (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt (uncredited)
Oscar Potoker (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Josef von Sternberg (uncredited)
Casting by
Mel Ballerino (uncredited)
Fred A. Datig (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Wiard Ihnen (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry D. English .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucien Ballard .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Neal Beckner .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Don English .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Ivano .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Benny Mayer .... camera operator (uncredited)
William Rand .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joe Egli .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Gemora .... gorilla costume creator (uncredited)
Other crew
Heinrich Heine .... poet: "Gruss (Leise zeiht durch mein Gemüth ") (uncredited)
Andrea Palma .... Miss Dietrich's hats (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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93 min | West Germany:85 min (video: cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Spain:18 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1987) | USA:Passed | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | West Germany:16

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »
Ben Smith:What'd you say your name was?
Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones:Helen Faraday.
Ben Smith:Nah, we gotta get something different. Something unusual, something that's easy to say and hard to forget.
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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Domestic Dietrich, 20 May 2005
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

Billed as The BLONDE VENUS, a sultry German cabaret singer will do anything to save her sick husband and care for their child.

Acting under the flamboyant direction of her mentor, Josef von Sternberg, legendary Marlene Dietrich fascinates as a tender mother fiercely protecting her small child, who spends her evenings as a seductive stage siren, captivating audiences in America & France. She is equally good in both postures, her perfect face registering deep maternal love and sphinx-like allure. Dietrich is incredibly gentle crooning an old German lullaby at her son's bedside, while the contrasting image of her emerging from an ape suit to sing 'Hot Voodoo' in a nightclub is one of the Pre-Code Era's most bizarre images.

Two British actors compete for Marlene's attention. Distinguished Herbert Marshall, with a voice like liquid honey, is ideally cast as Dietrich's conflicted husband. Playing a chemist poisoned by radium, his face reveals his humiliation at having to be supported by his wife; later, he manifests pent-up rage when he discovers her 'betrayal.' Cary Grant, just on the cusp of becoming a major film star, plays a powerful political boss whose arrogance mellows as he pursues Dietrich's affections.

Little Dickie Moore, one of the OUR GANG members, is terrific as the infant son who is the bridge between Dietrich & Marshall. Here was a kid who could really act and tug at the viewer's heartstrings. Sidney Toler is amusing as a low-key detective. Gene Morgan, as a talent agent, and Robert Emmett O'Connor, as a theater owner, very realistically portray denizens from the sleazy underbelly of the entertainment world.

Movie mavens will spot some fine performers in unbilled cameos: silly Sterling Holloway as one of the student hikers in the first sequence who discovers Marlene skinny-dipping in the forest; Clarence Muse as a stuttering bartender; dear Mary Gordon as Marshall's informative landlady; big Dewey Robinson as a gruff greasy spoon owner; wonderful Hattie McDaniel as Dietrich's New Orleans maid; and prim Marcelle Corday as Marlene's maid in Paris.

Paramount gave the film lavish, and slightly decadent, production values. The live chickens flapping about in Dietrich's apartment during the French Quarter sequence are a nice touch.

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