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Writers:
Jules Furthman (written by) and
S.K. Lauren (written by)
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Release Date:
25 November 1932 (France) See more »
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From the lips of one MAN to the arms of another! See more »
Plot:
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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One of Dietrich's best See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (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 (written by) and
S.K. Lauren (written 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 
 
Film Editing by
Josef von Sternberg 
 
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)
 
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)
 
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Runtime:
93 min | West Germany:85 min (video: cut version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones:Snap out of it, kid. Tomorrow's another day.
Down-and-out woman in flophouse:Maybe for you, but not for me.
Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones:Why? What's the matter with tomorrow?
Down-and-out woman in flophouse:I'm gonna' kill myself tomorrow. *That's* what's the matter with it.
Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones:Me too. Make a hole in the water.
Down-and-out woman in flophouse:Why are *you* gonna' kick off?
Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones:Because that's the way I feel. Isn't that reason enough?
Down-and-out woman in flophouse:That's no reason for anything. I've got a GOOD reason: haven't got a dime. Never had any money, and I never WILL have.
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Soundtrack:
Gruss (Leise zeiht durch mein Gemüth)See more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
One of Dietrich's best, 6 December 1998
Author: Yngvar Myrvold from Tonsberg, Norway

Josef von Sternberg would, no doubt, dismiss this film as one of his lesser works. Yet, to me,"Blonde Venus" sort of defines his relationship with Marlene Dietrich. The combined attraction of the harlot-mother gives Marlene's acting both sexual radiance and that intimate, moody quality that is so unique to her.

Just watch her in the scenes with her baby boy. She is lovely, glamorous, yet totally attentive to the child's needs, protective and unselfconscious in a way that only Carole Lombard (see "Made for each other" for evidence) managed back in those days. Her presence is so strong that she makes the male stars seem awkward and rigid. Herbert Marshall looks ill at ease, (probably from lack of directorial attention) while Cary Grant sails through the movie, unblessed by inspiration.

This is Marlene's film, through and through. The plot is silly beyond words (suffering in mink, writ large!) but Marlene makes it memorable. Her close-ups in the scene at the railway-station when she realizes she has lost her family tells it all. A lost soul with nowhere to go but down. Von Sternberg (or some intrusive producer) tacked on a happy ending, but the movie really ended there, on a bench. The rest is just wish-fulfilment.

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