The Blue Angel ()

Der blaue Engel (original title)
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An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer.


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Professor Immanuel Rath
Lola Lola
Kiepert, the Magician
Guste, His Wife
Mazeppa, the Strong Man
Reinhold Bernt ...
Der Clown / The Clown
Proprietor of The Blue Angel (as Karl Huszar-Puffy)
Die Weintraub Syncopators ...
Group Cast Performers (as The Weintraub Syncopators)
Eduard von Winterstein ...
Schuldirektor / The Director of School (as Eduard V. Winterstein)
Hans Roth ...
Hausmeister / The Caretaker of the Secondary School
Rolf Müller ...
Gymnasiast Angst / Pupil
Gymnasiast Lohmann / Pupil (as Rolant Varno)
Carl Balhaus ...
Gymnasiast Ertzum / Pupil (as Karl Balhaus)
Robert Klein-Lörk ...
Gymnasiast Goldstaub / Pupil
Kapitän / Captain
Polizist / Policeman
Ilse Fürstenberg ...
Raths Wirtschafterin / Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pianist (uncredited)
Gymnasiast / Pupil (uncredited)

Directed by

Josef von Sternberg ... (directed by)

Written by

Heinrich Mann ... (novel "Professor Unrat")
Carl Zuckmayer ... (written by) &
Karl Vollmöller ... (written by) and
Robert Liebmann ... (written by)
Josef von Sternberg ... () (uncredited)
Carl Winston ... (english dialogue)

Produced by

Erich Pommer ... producer

Music by

Friedrich Hollaender ... (music by) (as Friedrich Holländer)

Cinematography by

Günther Rittau ... (photographed by)
Hans Schneeberger ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

Walter Klee
Sam Winston ... (edited by) (as S.K. Winston)

Art Direction by

Otto Hunte

Costume Design by

Tihamer Varady

Makeup Department

Waldemar Jabs ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Oscar Schmidt ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Viktor Eisenbach ... unit manager

Art Department

Emil Hasler ... assistant production designer

Sound Department

Fritz Thiery ... sound


Harry Froboess ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Hans Schneeberger ... assistant camera

Music Department

Franz Waxman ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

Tassilo Schneider ... english subtitler: German version
Herbert Tevos ... consultant uncredited unconfirmed
Carl Winston ... supervising dialogue coach: English version
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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 disintegration. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Täglich nur noch bis Donnerstag auf tausendfachen Wunsch! Zum letzten Male! (Feiburger Zeitung, ((Freiburg, Baden-Wûrttemburg)) 11 Februar 1931) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Professor Unrat (Germany)
  • The Blue Angel (United States, English title)
  • The Blue Angel (United Kingdom)
  • L'ange bleu (France)
  • El ángel azul (Spain)
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  • 104 min
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Trivia There are various accounts of why Marlene Dietrich was cast as Lola Lola, but the one given by director Josef von Sternberg in his autobiography is that Dietrich came to test for the film with a bored, world-weary attitude because she was convinced she wasn't going to get the role and was merely going through the motions - and Sternberg hired her because that world-weary attitude was precisely what he wanted for the character. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Double Headed Eagle: Hitler's Rise to Power 1918-1933 (1973). See more »
Soundtracks Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt 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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