Angel (1937)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  29 October 1937 (USA)
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Woman and her husband take separate vacations, and she falls in love with another man.



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Complete credited cast:
Maria 'Angel' Barker, aka Mrs. Brown
Sir Frederick Barker
Anthony 'Tony' Halton
Ernest Cossart ...
Christopher 'Chris' Wilton
Laura Hope Crews ...
Grand Duchess Anna Dmitrievna
Herbert Mundin ...
Mr. Greenwood
Dennie Moore ...
Emma MacGillicuddy Wilton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Prince Vladimir Gregorovitch (scenes deleted)


Woman and her husband take separate vacations, and she falls in love with another man.

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I want love - and I'm going to get it!


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

29 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Engel  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Maria: Silly how upsetting a little thing like saying goodbye to one's husband can be.
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Referenced in Rozprávky z Hollywoodu (1992) See more »


Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Played during the opening and end credits
Played on violin by Duci De Kerekjarto (as Duci Kerekjarto)
Played on piano by Marlene Dietrich and by Melvyn Douglas
Played as background music often
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A Double Dry Spell
13 November 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Looking at the criticisms so far voiced about Angel, the majority seems to feel it's a neglected Lubitsch masterpiece. Yet this was the film that caused Paramount and Marlene Dietrich to come to a parting of the ways. Marlene would not be back on the screen until she signed a new contract with Universal and made a comeback of sorts in something that would have been unthinkable for her in 1937. That film was a western, but the western was Destry Rides Again.

Ernest Lubitsch and Marlene Dietrich hit a double dry spell in Angel. The sum and substance of it is that up and coming young British diplomat Melvyn Douglas meets a mysterious and alluring woman at Laura Hope Crews's palace in Paris who he falls hopelessly for. But the alluring as ever Marlene is merely the very bored wife of a senior diplomat who is a member of the nobility, Herbert Marshall. It also turns out that Douglas and Marshall are old army buddies.

Somehow Lubitsch could not work his usual magic with Marlene. Her scenes with the two men seem to have no spark to them. In fact the ending is a bit of a shock, personally I think she made the wrong choice.

Where Lubitsch did well in Angel was with the supporting players. Laura Hope Crews is quite a bit different as the worldly countess than as that pillar of southern society Aunt Pittypat Hamilton from Gone With The Wind. Some of the back and forth commentary between Marshall's butler Ernest Cossart and his valet Edward Everett Horton are also quite droll. What snobs those servants can be, much worse than the people who employ them.

Sad to say Angel is a film with a lot of gloss, but no real substance behind it.

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