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The Flame of New Orleans (1941)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Music | 25 April 1941 (USA)
In old New Orleans, a beautiful adventuress juggles the attentions of a rich banker and a dashing sea captain.

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Robert LaTour
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Charles Giraud
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Zolotov
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Auntie
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Clementine
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William
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French farce comes to the New World in 1840 as Claire Ledoux convinces the middle-aged banker who is her fiance that she is two different women -- a deception made necessary by the arrival of a man acquainted with the swath she cut across Europe. Giraud has been about to foreclose on a $150 loan made to a sea captain who needed the funds to court Claire. Get Claire's "cousin" out of New Orleans before the wedding, Giraud tells the sea captain and the debt will be paid. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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25 April 1941 (USA)  »

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La belle ensorceleuse  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Universal was testing Maria Montez just in case Marlene Dietrich left the film. See more »


Soundtracks

Oh, Joyful Day
Music by Charles Previn
Lyrics by Samuel Lerner (as Sam Lerner)
Sung by a chorus at the wedding and at the end.
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Die Marlene-- Always great!
31 August 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a delightful old film with a cast of characters, from Bruce Cabot, who plays the captain and romantic interest, to Andy Devine, Frank Jenks, Mischa Auer and a whole bunch of studio character actors. Roland Young, who delighted us in the original Topper with Cary Grant, plays the befuddled count who plans to marry Die Marlene on the pretext she's an innocent young darling. The scene where the New Orleans ladies take Marlene aside to give her a little lecture on the "burden of womanhood she'll have to endure" after her marriage is priceless, with the tiny smirk that plays across Marlene's face (given her well-known history, it makes it doubly funny). While this little film isn't (and wasn't)a great shake at the box office at the time, it is delightful to see Die Marlene, always beautiful in that classic, classy European sense, at her best.


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