Golden Earrings (1947)

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On the eve of World War II (1939) English officer Ralph Denistoun is in Nazi Germany on an espionage mission to recover a poison gas formula from Prof. Krosigk. He is helped by Lydia and ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Murvyn Vye ...
Bruce Lester ...
Richard Byrd
Dennis Hoey ...
Quentin Reynolds ...
Quentin Reynolds - American Journalist
Reinhold Schünzel ...
Prof. Otto Krosigk
Ivan Triesault ...
Maj. Reimann
Hermine Sterler ...
Greta Krosigk


On the eve of World War II (1939) English officer Ralph Denistoun is in Nazi Germany on an espionage mission to recover a poison gas formula from Prof. Krosigk. He is helped by Lydia and her band of gypsies. Naturally romance develops along the way. Written by Don Femia <>

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Strange . . . Amazing . . . Their Love Story !


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Release Date:

27 August 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cigana Feiticeira  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Due to a labor dispute, the principal actors had to "live" on the set for a few weeks to avoid crossing picket lines. Marlene Dietrich took the time to learn how to play the zither; it was said she drove the rest of the cast and crew mad with her attempts to perfect her technique. Her efforts paid off, however, as illustrated in the scene where she plays the zither very competently. See more »


In the climax where Lydia is escaping though the wilderness from the Nazis, in some shots she is seen wearing high heels and at other times appears in bare feet. See more »


Referenced in M*A*S*H: Hawkeye Get Your Gun (1976) See more »


Golden Earrings
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Murvyn Vye (uncredited)
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Marvelous Dietrich
20 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having recently purchased Universal's Marlene Dietrich DVD collection, I was somewhat reluctant to watch "Golden Earrings." The idea of a 40-something Marlene Dietrich as a gypsy in a war-time romance seemed unusual, and implausible. I should not have worried. With all the professional talent that went into these old movies, it's hard to miss, really. The movie was a joy to watch; it's a classic.

The most interesting thing about the film was Dietrich, who pulls off the gypsy role perfectly. The makeup, lighting, photography, and her performance all add up to make a really startling and memorable character. I had never seen Dietrich play a "good" woman convincingly before--but she does here! She played a lot of heartless vamps in those great Sternberg films, so it is refreshing to see her in a more down to earth, relaxed role, playing an exotic but very human character.

Overall, a very nice romance. The love story is believable, optimistic, and the happy ending is extremely satisfying.

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