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The Blue Angel (1930)

Der blaue Engel (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama , Music | 3 January 1931 (USA)
An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer.

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Heinrich Mann (novel), Carl Zuckmayer | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emil Jannings ... Prof. Immanuel Rath
Marlene Dietrich ... Lola Lola
Kurt Gerron ... Zauberkünstler Kiepert / The Magician
Rosa Valetti ... Guste Kiepert / The Magician's Wife
Hans Albers ... Mazeppa / The Strongman
Reinhold Bernt Reinhold Bernt ... Der Clown / The Clown
Eduard von Winterstein Eduard von Winterstein ... Schuldirektor / The Director of School (as Eduard V. Winterstein)
Hans Roth Hans Roth ... Hausmeister / The Caretaker of the Secondary School
Rolf Müller Rolf Müller ... Gymnasiast Angst / Pupil
Roland Varno ... Gymnasiast Lohmann / Pupil (as Rolant Varno)
Carl Balhaus Carl Balhaus ... Gymnasiast Ertzum / Pupil (as Karl Balhaus)
Robert Klein-Lörk Robert Klein-Lörk ... Gymnasiast Goldstaub / Pupil
Károly Huszár Károly Huszár ... Wirt / Innkeeper (as Karl Huszar-Puffy)
Wilhelm Diegelmann ... Kapitän / Captain
Gerhard Bienert Gerhard Bienert ... Polizist / Policeman
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Storyline

Germany 1924. Middle aged Dr. Immanuel Rath is a literature professor at a boys college. Most of his students don't much like him, often calling him "unrath" - German for garbage. Dr. Rath learns that many of his boys often frequent a cabaret called Der blaue Engel - the Blue Angel - which he believes is corrupting their impressionable young minds. He heads to the Blue Angel himself to catch the boys in the act and shame them into not going again. Over several visits, Rath is able to catch the boys, but in the process he also understands what attracts the boys, namely the headlining performer Lola Lola. Rath falls under Lola's spell, he who falls in love with her - and she seemingly with him - so much so that he wants to marry her and give up his teaching career to be with her on her travels from cabaret to cabaret. Their relationship ends up not being what either envisioned, the question being how they will both deal with their disintegrating relationship and the reasons behind that ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | French

Release Date:

3 January 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blue Angel See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,451, 15 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,982, 9 December 2001
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print) | (German) | (English)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This was Emil Jannings' final English-language film (it was released in both German and English versions - see Alternate Versions). See more »

Goofs

When the professor returns to his class and the boys burst out in uproar, the drawing on the blackboard shows three lines with Lola's name. The director, drawn by the noise, enters the class and now there are only two lines. After the class is dismissed, the third line has returned. See more »

Quotes

[singing]
Lola Lola: Falling in love again, never wanted to. What's a girl to do? I can't help it. What choice do I have? That's the way I'm made. Love is all I know, I can't help it. Men swarm around me like moths 'round a flame. And if their wings are singed, surely I can't be blamed.
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Alternate Versions

Simultaneously shot in two versions (English and German) with the same cast; the German (with English subtitles) version is more popular because of the heavy German accents of the cast in the English language version. English lyrics for the songs were written by Sam Lerner. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jigsaw (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt
(uncredited)
Written by Friedrich Hollaender
Performed by Marlene Dietrich
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Classic Gold
22 December 2001 | by The_unemployed_cynicSee all my reviews

First -and only- time I saw Der Blaue Engel, I was a boy of about 13-14 years old. Even though this was over 35 years ago, I still remember how this movie blew me away. I came out of the theater with a new understanding of the world and the human condition.

The story is in essence about love, and what it can make a person do. It is also about what people will do to each other, a theme this movie takes to it's extreme. The acting is supreme, the atmosphere breathtaking, the music score fabulous. Marlene sings one of the great songs in movie history; German cabaret pur sang.

This is a European film in the best sense of the word. It gives the spectator the feeling of being picked up and dropped somewhere in time and place, to witness a dramatic sequence of events in the lives of a small group of people. It starts out jolly enough, but pretty soon you feel that things are going to go terribly wrong. And sure enough, they do.

The young boy that was I, left this movie with a weird mixture of feelings. On the one hand the fear of ever being trapped in such a romantic cul-de-sac, and of losing all human dignity. On the other, a deep longing to experience those bitter emotions. Isn't this the greatest accolade for a tragedy: that it moves you to tears, but at the same time makes you want to experience the sad events that caused those tears?


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