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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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Maria 'Angel' Barker, aka Mrs. Brown
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Sir Frederick Barker
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Anthony 'Tony' Halton
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Graham
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Christopher 'Chris' Wilton
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Grand Duchess Anna Dmitrievna
Herbert Mundin ...
Mr. Greenwood
Dennie Moore ...
Emma MacGillicuddy Wilton
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Prince Vladimir Gregorovitch (scenes deleted)
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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!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Paramount paid $8,500 for Melchior Lengyel's play. The film length was gradually cut from 2916.94m (11 reels) to 2478.33m (nine reels) after pre-release showings in New York City and six California cities from 25 July 1937 to 13 September 1937. See more »

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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 »

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Angel
(1937)
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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Hardly Heavenly, and better in legend
21 October 1998 | by (Gotham) – See all my reviews

Given the talent involved -- Dietrich at the height of her allure, Melvyn Douglas (who proved such a wonderful foil to Garbo just two years later in "Ninotchka"), support from such able troupers as Edward Everett Horton and Laura Hope Crews, and above all the famed "touch" of Lubitsch -- "Angel" should be a sparkling romp, a melancholy romance of renunuciation, a worldly social comedy, or better yet, all three.

Instead it's a mostly tiresome slog through familiar territory, as if all involved were inspired not by Dietrich or Lubitsch but by the stolid Herbert Marshall as Marlene's aristo-Brit husband.

While several recent writers on both Dietrich and Lubitsch have tried to tout this as an undeservingly overlooked film, it's really most worth watching for Crew's pre-Pittypat turn as a Russian emigre-turned-nightclub-hostess, and her few brief scenes can hardly save the picture.

Dietrich fans are better off hunting up stills -- she does look terrific in the wardrobe of English Gentlewoman tweeds and furs, and her legendary collection of emeralds were rarely shown to better advantage.


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