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
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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 »
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Colonel Denistoun (Ray Milland) recounts an episode that happened at the outbreak of WW2 when he and Richard Byrd (Bruce Lester) escaped from German custody where they were being held as spies. They split up and make their way to Professor Krosigk (Reinhold Schunzel) who has a formula for chemical weapons that needs to be smuggled out. We follow Denistoun's journey as he meets with Lydia (Marlene Dietrich) and adopts her gypsy ways...
This film is OK but nothing more. In fact it is quite dull in parts. Marlene Dietrich is unconvincing as a gypsy as is Ray Milland. Dietrich, however, still manages to bring her character to life - she's good at the humorous moments, eg, no messing around trying to kiss Milland - and brings an energy to her role, while Milland is likable but nothing more. There are rare tense moments, eg, whenever the Germans appear and the film needed far more of their inclusion. It just dribbled along for most of the duration.
One of the best things about the film is Zoltan's (Murvyn Vye) deep voice. Zoltan looks slightly weird but is more convincing as a gypsy. He sings the title song - some nonsense about gold earrings and love. Golden earrings...!!??.....you're either a chav or a homosexual if that is what you wear on your ears.....NOT a gypsy man.
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