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Writers:
Robert Hichens (novel)
W.P. Lipscomb (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
19 November 1936 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
BEWITCHED BY THE DESERT MOON... in a secret paradise of love! See more »
Plot:
The star-crossed desert romance of a cloistered woman and a renegade monk. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Surreal Tale of Two People in Search of Peace and Happiness See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlene Dietrich ... Domini Enfilden

Charles Boyer ... Boris Androvsky
Tilly Losch ... Irena

Basil Rathbone ... Count Ferdinand Anteoni

C. Aubrey Smith ... Father J. Roubier

Joseph Schildkraut ... Batouch

John Carradine ... Sand Diviner
Alan Marshal ... Capt. De Trevignac
Lucile Watson ... Mother Superior Josephine

Henry Brandon ... Hadj
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Alden ... Anteoni's Lieutenant (uncredited)
Louis Aldez ... Blind Singer (uncredited)
Harlan Briggs ... American Tourist in Hotel (uncredited)
John Bryan ... Brother Gregory (uncredited)
Ann Bupp ... Girl (uncredited)
Pedro de Cordoba ... Gardener (uncredited)
Corky ... Bous-Bous the Dog (uncredited)
Nigel De Brulier ... Lector at Monastery (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... Member of De Trevignac's Patrol (uncredited)
Barry Downing ... Little Boris (uncredited)

Helen Jerome Eddy ... Nun (uncredited)
Irene Franklin ... American Tourist's Wife (uncredited)
Robert Frazer ... Smain (uncredited)
John George ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ann Gillis ... Convent Girl #2 (uncredited)
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Betty Jane Graham ... Convent Girl (uncredited)

Bonita Granville ... Convent Girl (uncredited)
Edna Mae Harris ... Oasis Girl (uncredited)
Marcia Mae Jones ... Convent Girl #1 (uncredited)
Jane Kerr ... Ouled Nails Madam (uncredited)
Leonid Kinskey ... Voluble Arab (uncredited)
Rosalie Lincoln ... Dancing Oasis girl (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Coachman (uncredited)
Andrew McKenna ... Mueddin (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Member of De Trevignac's Patrol (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Proprietor (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Man (uncredited)
Maria Riva ... Young Girl Sewing (uncredited)
Adrian Rosley ... Mustapha (uncredited)

Marion Sayers ... Oasis Girl (uncredited)
David Scott ... Larby (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Member of De Trevignac's Patrol (uncredited)
Frances Turham ... Oasis Girl (uncredited)
Betty Van Auken ... Oasis Girl (uncredited)
Charles Waldron ... Abbe of Monastery (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Boleslawski 
 
Writing credits
Robert Hichens (novel)

W.P. Lipscomb (screenplay) and
Lynn Riggs (screenplay)

Willis Goldbeck  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
W. Howard Greene (uncredited)
Virgil Miller (director of photography) (uncredited)
Harold Rosson (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Hal C. Kern 
Anson Stevenson (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Sturges Carne (settings)
Lyle R. Wheeler (settings) (as Lyle Wheeler)
Edward G. Boyle (settings) (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Ernest Dryden 
 
Makeup Department
Sam Kaufman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist: Marlene Dietrich (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Stacey .... assistant director
Otto Brower .... second unit director (uncredited)
Chauncy Pyle .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Lansing C. Holden .... color designer
Irving W. Sindler .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound recordist (as Earl Wolcott)
T.A. Carman .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Clarence Slifer .... special effects cinematographer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
W. Howard Greene .... photographer
Robert Carney .... associate photographer (uncredited)
Wilfred M. Cline .... associate photographer (uncredited)
Nelson Cordes .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Don Dickey .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Leavitt .... grip (uncredited)
Oran McPherson .... electrician (uncredited)
Morris Rosen .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Bowman .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Jeannette Couget .... costume maker (uncredited)
 
Music Department
R.H. Bassett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Willis Goldbeck .... assistant to producer
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color supervisor
Harold Rosson .... photographic advisor
Joshua Logan .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
79 min | West Germany:75 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

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Trivia:
For the role of Capt. De Trevignac, David Niven, Cesar Romero and Ray Milland were tested before 'Alan Marshal (I)' was cast.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: As the abbot and the major are walking down the hall, the shadow of the boom microphone keeps pace with them on the lower left.See more »
Quotes:
Boris Androvsky:There are things in a man's life it's best to forget. There are dark places which should be left dark.See more »
Soundtrack:
Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Surreal Tale of Two People in Search of Peace and Happiness, 30 April 2007
Author: movingpicturegal from Los Angeles

Gorgeous Techicolor production telling the unusual tale of the romance between a woman of strong religious faith and a Trappist monk who has left his monastery, breaking his vows. The film opens at a convent in Europe, where a former student prays - a lonely beauty in black named Domini (Marlene Dietrich). She is advised by the Mother Superior to go to the desert and "find herself", and lose her grief over her father who has recently died. In the train car on the way into the Sahara she sits opposite a very, very troubled man (Charles Boyer) - our former monk. She's soon at a hotel near a palm-treed oasis where she again sees our mysterious troubled man as he is stumped over what to do when confronted by a very seductive dancing girl. Domini becomes friends with him, though knows nothing of his past - romance soon to follow.

This film is sentimental, melodramatic, and different (in a way, almost surreal and even a bit campy) - I found it to be quite fun and entertaining. The photography in this is really interesting - it is full of extreme facial close-ups and beautiful color shots of caravans of horses crossing the desert, silhouetted figures against a sunset sky. Marlene Dietrich gives a nicely done, though restrained, performance here and looks gorgeous. Charles Boyer - not usually one of my favorites - is actually pretty good in this, I think the part sort of suits him and he looks quite young and handsome too. Basil Rathbone is fine here, except given very little to do. Another great orchestral score by Max Steiner helps keep the drama rolling - all in all, a very enjoyable film.

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