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19 July 1933 (USA) See more »
One of the world's great love stories comes to the star who can make it live
Country orphan Lily goes to Berlin to stay with her tippling aunt, and soon meets Richard, handsome sculptor across the street... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Marlene Dietrich ... Lily Czepanek

Brian Aherne ... Richard Waldow

Lionel Atwill ... Baron von Merzbach

Alison Skipworth ... Mrs. Rasmussen

Hardie Albright ... Walter Von Prell
Helen Freeman ... Fräulein Von Schwertfeger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilson Benge ... Butler (uncredited)

Richard Bennett ... Baron von Merzbach (replaced by Lionel Atwill) (uncredited)

Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... French Teacher (uncredited)

James A. Marcus ... Cleric (uncredited)

Paul Panzer ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Florence Roberts ... Book Store Customer (uncredited)

Hans Schumm ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Morgan Wallace ... Admirer (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Butler at Baron von Merzbach's (uncredited)

Directed by
Rouben Mamoulian 
Writing credits
Hermann Sudermann (novel "Das Hohelied")

Edward Sheldon (play)

Leo Birinsky (screenplay) (as Leo Birinski) and
Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay)

Benjamin Glazer  uncredited
S.K. Lauren  treatment (uncredited)
Josephine Lovett  treatment (uncredited)
Rouben Mamoulian  uncredited
Edwin Justus Mayer  uncredited
Daniel Nathan Rubin  dialogue (uncredited)

Original Music by
Karl Hajos (uncredited)
Herman Hand (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
Milan Roder (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Victor Milner 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
Art Department
S. Cartaino Scarpitta .... sculptor (uncredited)
Joseph C. Youngerman .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry D. Mills .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth De Land .... chief grip (uncredited)
Don English .... still photographer (uncredited)
Fred Geiger .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
William C. Mellor .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Rhea .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Eugene Richee .... still photographer (uncredited)
Guy Roe .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Nat W. Finston .... musical director (uncredited)
Karl Hajos .... musical arrangement (uncredited)
Herman Hand .... musical arrangement (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Netherlands:18 (original rating) (one cut)

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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 »
Lily Czepanek:I can't take my clothes off!
Richard Waldow:Why? Why can't you?
Lily Czepanek:Why, I'd, I'd be undressed!
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Movie Connections:
Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 (The Pastoral)See more »


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.... And Then He Kissed Her, 1 July 2011
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

This picture was a big reversal for Marlene Dietrich. Besides her first picture without Von Sternberg as director, it is the first one in which she goes from ingenue to demi-monde, instead of starting out as one. Here she is cast as a country girl who comes to the big city and befriends a sculptor of nudes (Aherne). She becomes his model, until he kisses her. Then the scales fall from their eyes and she becomes his lover. It is an extremely effective scene.

Matters evolve (or devolve) as a Prussian Colonel (Lionel Atwill) also takes an interest in his model. Atwill, who normally plays diabolical and unsavory types, has one of his best roles as a lecherous soldier and plays it to the hilt. It is a riveting portrayal and commands your attention whenever he is on screen. Alison Skipworth, one of Hollywood's best character actresses, plays her dipso aunt in what is her best role since "Outward Bound".

The storyline is not the thing here but it is fascinating to watch a master like Mamoulian at work and to watch Dietrich play against type, as well as watching the aforementioned Atwill in a performance that is sublime. Those are the surprises, not the plot - it's been done many times before and since.

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