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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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Zolotov
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Sweet Is the Blush of May
Music by Charles Previn
Lyrics by Samuel Lerner (as Sam Lerner)
Played on piano and sung by Marlene Dietrich (uncredited)
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A Fine Dietrich Film!
26 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

French director, Rene Clair, went to Hollywood to direct German Marlene Dietrich in this role where she played a con-artist known as the Countess and/or Lili. The story is set in New Orleans in the 1800s and has a fabulous art direction with costumes and set designs that are first rate. The problem with this film is really in the writing. It never holds up to me. While I love the cast, Dietrich is supported by a first rate cast and crew of Hollywood's golden age of cinema where even character parts were done brilliantly. I enjoyed the relationship between the Countess and her African American maid, Clementine, in the film as her friend and confidante. The countess has too many suitors much like any Marlene Dietrich film. The one suitor is a poor sailor with a pet monkey and the other is Giraud, an older, wealthy but unattractive man. In this film, the Countess is expected to get married like all women are expected to do in this day and age. The film begins with a mystery of a wedding dress found in the Mississippi River. There are plenty of light hearted moments as well. Still, this film is fine to watch.


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