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Golden Earrings (1947)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, War | 27 August 1947 (USA)
On the eve of WW2, a British spy goes to Germany to obtain a secret poison-gas formula from a scientist but things go awry and he is saved by a beautiful nomadic gypsy woman.


Mitchell Leisen


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




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


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 !


Adventure | Romance | War


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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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Time filler
12 October 2010 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

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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English | German

Release Date:

27 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goldene Ohrringe See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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