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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was first telecast in Seattle Wednesday 17 June 1959 on KIRO, in Minneapolis 28 August 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Philadelphia 16 November 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in Los Angeles 8 January 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 6 February 2012 in tandem with Shanghai Express (1932) by Turner Classic Movies and Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and has also enjoyed an occasional airing on cable TV on TCM. See more »
This is a poorly written script, and has a convoluted and predictable plot, with bad supporting acting, but Marlene Dietrich and the photography in this movie make it worth watching again and again.
In fact the words are just extra. She tells the story with her face. Her understated voice, and her movements are way beyond sexy, and even though the story is barely believable, Dietrich carries every frame of the movie.
The photography and lighting are perfect. You could take a snap shot of almost any frame and hang it on your wall.
Hard to put stars on this one, but it is definitely a film that you should see at least once.
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