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The Flame of New Orleans (1941)

In old New Orleans, a beautiful adventuress juggles the attentions of a rich banker and a dashing sea captain.

Director:

René Clair (as Rene Clair)

Writer:

Norman Krasna
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlene Dietrich ... Claire Ledeux
Bruce Cabot ... Robert LaTour
Roland Young ... Charles Giraud
Mischa Auer ... Zolotov
Andy Devine ... 1st Sailor
Frank Jenks ... 2nd Sailor
Eddie Quillan ... 3rd Sailor
Laura Hope Crews ... Auntie
Franklin Pangborn ... Bellows
Theresa Harris ... Clementine
Clarence Muse ... Samuel
Melville Cooper ... Brother-in-Law
Anne Revere ... Sister
Bob Evans Bob Evans ... William
Emily Fitzroy ... Cousin
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La belle ensorceleuse See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Remade as Scarlet Angel (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Salt o' the Sea
Music by Charles Previn
Lyrics by Samuel Lerner (as Sam Lerner)
Sung by Andy Devine (uncredited), Frank Jenks (uncredited), Eddie Quillan (uncredited) and Joe Devlin (uncredited)
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Delightful romp starring the divine Dietrich!
8 May 1999 | by cricket-14See all my reviews

Marlene Dietrich plays in a plot device which is not so unusual - an actress pretending to be more than one person in a film (Garbo did it in "Two Faced Woman", Katherine Hepburn in "Quality Street", etc.). But the inimitable Dietrich lends her own very special charms to the idea.

Many amusing scenes - one of my favorites is where Marlene throws her gorgeous wedding dress into a river! Zounds!


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