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Release Date:
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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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 20, 1937 with Marlene Dietrich and Lionel Atwill reprising their film roles.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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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Early Dietrich, sans Von Sternberg, 12 December 2005
Author: hildacrane from United States

Interesting to see Dietrich, early in her Hollywood career, working with a director other than her Pygmalion, Josef von Sternberg. The latter director provided beautiful but often-static set-ups for framing her, while Mamoulian's musicality and fluid camera release her. (Think also of his direction of Garbo in "Queen Christina," and that film's famous scene in which she moves lovingly and rhythmically--it was timed to a metronome-- around the bedroom, watched by her lover. )

I think this is one of Dietrich's best performances. She passes through many phases, from naive young girl to earthy woman. Her song "Johnny" is sublime--and moving, when she angrily tears into the second chorus after spotting in the audience the lover who had abandoned and disillusioned her.

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