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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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Tagline:
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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Cast

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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
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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)
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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:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Spain:18 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1987) | USA:Passed | 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 »
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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A No Go Back In The Day, 5 June 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Blonde Venus unfortunately turned out to be the one and only collaboration of Marlene Dietrich and Cary Grant. Sad to say though, Grant was not the lead here, just the other man who comes between Marlene and husband Herbert Marshall. There's no real chemistry in this one between any of the principal players and the best scenes are with Marlene and little Dickie Moore playing her son with Marshall.

The best thing about Blonde Venus are Marlene's musical numbers and they're memorable because of the inimitable way she puts over a song. All Dietrich fans should treasure her Hot Voodoo number where Marlene has a gorilla suit on and does a sexy strip out of that costume and gives us a look at voodoo can do to us.

But when its not showing Dietrich's legs off and her husky singing, the film is the story of a woman in love with two men. Husband Herbert Marshall is a research scientist who contracts 'radium poisoning' and needs money to go to Europe for a cure. Dietrich gets the money by doing some entertaining in a seedy dive where she comes to the attention of wealthy playboy Cary Grant. From there the plot progresses to the inevitable Hollywood conclusion with a script that was written by Joseph Von Sternberg who directed the film as well.

Paramount was taking a shot in the dark here with radium poisoning gambit. The plain truth is they didn't know a whole lot about radioactivity then. The discoverer of radium Marie Curie did in fact die of cancer contracted from too much exposure to it. But one didn't just go somewhere for a miracle cure for that sort of thing.

Herbert Marshall was always playing the injured party it seems in a whole lot of his films. He's well remembered for being Bette Davis's husband in The Little Foxes, a much better film than Blonde Venus. I also remember him in When Ladies Meet where he was cheating on Greer Garson with Joan Crawford and he went through the film with an air of innocence that you would think he was the party offended. Marshall had these roles down pat, but he had more to him in his acting repertoire.

Even before The Code was put in place Paramount had a lot of trouble with the Hays Office in getting this one exhibited. Some changes were made that no doubt weakened the plot and the story. Marlene is basically in love with two guys at the same time and that was a no go back in the day.

Blonde Venus didn't do that well at the box office, it was quite a let down from her previous film Shanghai Express. After this one she and Joseph Von Sternberg were separated and she did her next film, Song of Songs with Rouben Mamoulian.

Blonde Venus is great Dietrich who's asked to carry a weak story.

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