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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

  (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:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Day of the Locust (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
Treue Liebe Nur du alleinSee more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Depression era dream world, 17 March 2001
Author: Glenn Andreiev (gandreiev@aol.com) from Huntington, NY

This is one of the greatest films that show off life in the great depression. BLONDE VENUS concerns Helen (Marlene Dietrich) a young loving mother and wife. In order to help makes ends meet, she takes a job as a showgirl. She becomes more distant from her unhappy husband (Herbert Marshall), while taking up with a young playboy (Cary Grant) The film has a wwonderful dreamlike quality thanks to it's talented, visually oriegntated director- Josef von Sternberg. Our first visions of Dietrich, is of her swimming nude in a sunlit pond. The images are almost bleached out. When she takes the showgirl job, the sets are cluttered with plants, dresses and ladies underwear on hangers, junk. It's a basic exotic/erotic jungle. Everything ahs this unbeatable dreamlike look to it. This look is a visual metaphor for the entire film, which visually captures Helen's downward spiral, and rebirth.

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