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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. Its initial telecast took place in Los Angeles Sunday 11 January 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2). In Phoenix it first aired 16 April 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Minneapolis 29 August 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Toledo 13 December 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), in St. Louis 15 December 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), in Grand Rapids 4 January 1960 on WOOD (Channel 8), in Johnstown 11 April 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6), and in Pittsburgh 6 June 1960 on KDKA (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 27 May 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series, and again 17 May 2016 as part of the Universal Hollywood Icons Collection: Marlene Dietrich. See more »
This is a Dietrich film, her last starring role at her home studio, Paramount. She is supported by 2 of the top Hollywood leading men - Douglas and Marshall - and dressed sumptuously by Travis Banton. The film should have been a money-maker for its studio, but apparently it was too sophisticated for the small-town public and she became 'Box Office Poison' after its release. Variety, in its disparaging but humorous review, said that you could hang coats from Dietrich's eyelashes. I attentively kept an eye on those eyelashes and have to admit that they ARE long, but not long enough to hang a coat on.
I liked this film. I especially liked Dietrich's aristocrat diplomat husband - Marshall - devoted to duty to fend off WW2. And I liked Dietrich. She has servants who attend to all personal and household tasks and therefore she has nothing to do. She is bored. She flies to Paris and has a romantic evening with a stranger - Douglas - a piano playing playboy who is infatuated with her. In the end she chooses the man who is the only one who can give her the happiness she craves. Females can learn a trick or 2 or more re how to attract and keep a man from closely observing Dietrich in this film. In what was once common terminology, she is a "man's woman." How times and the culture have changed.
BTW, 'Angel', although it has bits of comedy supplied by the servants, is not a comedy, but is instead a light-hearted, sophisticated marital drama.
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