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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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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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René Clair stated he and screenwriter Norman Krasna devised the film to parody Marlene Dietrich's screen image, and they did so with her knowledge. See more »

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Remade as Scarlet Angel (1952) See more »

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What's the Matter with Father
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyrics by Harry Williams
Played during the opening credits.
Reprised at the Oyster Bed Cafe
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3 July 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Flame of New Orleans (1941)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Claire Ledeux (Marlene Dietrich) is the most beautiful and most wanted woman in New Orleans. She can pretty much have her pick of any man and sure enough there are two of them wanting her. One is a successful and rich businessman (Roland Young) who could offer her anything. The other is a sea captain (Bruce Cabot) with plenty to offer.

The "flame" had clearly ran out by the time this movie was made. If you've never seen a Dietrich movie then you'll probably enjoy this one slightly more but if you've seen many of her films then you're going to notice this plot from pretty half a dozen earlier films. Once again we get a pretty standard plot that has Dietrich looking beautiful, seducing two men and of course she also gets a song to sing.

The biggest problem with THE FLAME OF NEW ORLEANS is the fact that there's just nothing here that we haven't already seen before. This certainly gives the film a very dull flavor because there's just nothing here to keep us overly amused and especially when you consider that the Dietrich-Cabot-Young love triangle isn't nearly the best we've seen from the previous films. All three cast members certainly do a good job with their performances but when there's no much of a story there's just so much you can do.

Director Rene Clair adds a little style to the picture but there's just nothing overly special here.


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