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Golden Earrings (1947)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, War | 27 August 1947 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Mitchell Leisen

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Abraham Polonsky (screenplay), Frank Butler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Milland ... Col. Ralph Denistoun
Marlene Dietrich ... Lydia
Murvyn Vye ... Zoltan
Bruce Lester ... Richard Byrd
Dennis Hoey ... Hoff
Quentin Reynolds Quentin Reynolds ... Quentin Reynolds - American Journalist
Reinhold Schünzel ... Prof. Otto Krosigk
Ivan Triesault ... Maj. Reimann
Hermine Sterler ... Greta Krosigk
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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 Don Femia <donfemia@csn.net>

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Strange . . . Amazing . . . Their Love Story !

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Adventure | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

27 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goldene Ohrringe See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: Hawkeye Get Your Gun (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Szol A Kalas Mar
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Masquerade in Germany
20 December 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Mitchell Leisen loved the long flashbacks :"hold back the dawn" was a story the hero told the director himself;" to each his own" began with a shot of a middle age lady whose misfortunes were told ;" no man of her own" ,faithful to the novel ,began with a "give up the fight" feeling .He had also tackled the fantasy genre in "death takes a holiday".

"Golden earrings" is a long flashback,blending spy thriller scenes in a just-before-WW2 Germany with snatches of supernatural thrown in :the heroine knew his beloved one would come (she's a fortune teller anyway) and ,most amazing scene,the hero himself through her contact becomes a clairvoyant,seeing his mate's future in the palm of his hand.

I do not put,however ,"golden earrings " in the same league as the movies I mention above;I do not think it's underrated cause its flaws are glaring:first of all,like the Jews,the gypsies were persecuted and sent to concentration camps by the Nazis before and during the war ;so it is absolutely impossible to believe they are allowed -although one of the officers says they are an inferior race-to enter the scientist's desirable mansion to tell fortunes.Besides,everybody speaks English in Germany ,only some soldiers mumble a few German sentences and that's it.

I do like Ray Milland -a certainly underrated actor ,sadly remembered by too many people as the villain in "love story" ,his worst role- and Marlene Dietrich is arguably a fascinating actress ,but as Mardi Gras gypsies ,they cannot be taken seriously .


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