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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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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Dietrich outstanding in role of innocence betrayed, 23 February 2004

Mamoulian was able to work with three of the most glamorous and lovely actresses of the early 1930s - Garbo, Sten and Dietrich. Here he tells the tale of a peasant girl, Dietrich, who goes to live with her aunt upon the death of her father. Both a penniless sculptor and a lecherous baron have their eye on her. The sculptor (Aherne) romances her but bows out when it comes to marriage. The Baron (Atwill) is accepted on the rebound, but life is not tranquil at the chateau. Of course she manages to be compromised and is thrown out. A hardened woman of the world, she is finally tearfully reunited with the repentant sculptor.

The film is quite glossy and entertaining but all along it is Dietrich who carries it. She is radiantly innocent, childlike, modest and trusting in the beginning, emerging as cynical, hardened and bitter at the end. Anyone who believes Dietrich to be just a beautiful face and not an actress had best visit this film, the first she made without her director mentor, Von Sternberg.

Mamoulian here does not try to impose any clever editing or cinematography, but allows the simple story to unfold, concentrating on his actress and helping her to shine. Other than Dietrich, Atwill comes across best as a

believable, human and not altogether unlikeable character, obsessed with our heroine.

What is most amazing about the pre-Code film are the numerous nude sculptures, primarily of Dietrich, that abound - they are quite beautiful and the lovely cinematography lights them to great effect.

The only fly in the ointment is the wooden performance from Aherne - he would improve with age.

Quite worth seeing.

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