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Just a Gigolo (1978)

Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo (original title)
After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

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David Hemmings
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bowie ... Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski
Sydne Rome ... Cilly
Kim Novak ... Helga von Kaiserling
David Hemmings ... Captain Hermann Kraft
Maria Schell ... Pauls Mutti Frau von Przygodski
Curd Jürgens ... Prince
Erika Pluhar ... Eva
Hilde Weissner ... Aunt Hilda
Werner Pochath ... Otto
Marlene Dietrich ... Baroness von Semering
Rudolf Schündler ... Oberst Gustav von Przygodski
Evelyn Künneke ... Frau Aeckerle (as Evelyn Künnecke)
Friedhelm Lehmann Friedhelm Lehmann ... Major Alexander von Müller
Karin Hardt ... Frau Uexkull
Rainer Hunold Rainer Hunold ... Lothar
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Storyline

After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

16 November 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Just a Gigolo See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to Marlene Dietrich's daughter, Maria Riva, there were two contracts drawn up: one, which Dietrich saw, stipulated that she was to be paid in installments (part of signing, part after the first day of filming, the balance after the second day of filming); the second, which was kept from Dietrich, stipulated that Riva be present and that she would guarantee that her mother would be in condition to perform her contractual duties. See more »

Crazy Credits

"And featuring, with great pride, MARLENE DIETRICH" See more »

Alternate Versions

The original European version ran a full 147 minutes. The U.S. version was cut to 105 minutes. Only this version is available on video (Water Bearer Films Video) in the United States. See more »

Connections

Featured in Marlene (1984) See more »

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Black Bottom
Music by Ray Henderson, Lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
Performed by The Pasadena Roof Orchestra
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Starring Kim Novak
31 July 2011 | by arsportsltdSee all my reviews

Kim Novak's former husband Richard Johnson- whom Kim co starred in Moll Flanders- personally persuaded the great star to attach herself to Just A Gigolo which starred David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich and Maria Schell.

I recently saw this movie and I found Novak entrancing in the film, sexy, and gorgeous. Kim Novak in an interview in 2010 said Kim Novak wondered why She made this film. I can understand that, it got little US distribution even with a great cast. But film fans of German films and especially of Kim Novak -who looks gorgeous, alluring, and is very stylish as always in this film is worth a look.

There are also clips of this film on Youtube.com and I recommend all try and catch them as well.

PS Kim Novak's last films Just A Gigolo, The Children and Liebestraum all received scant distribution only The Mirror Crack'd got the distribution it deserved

David Barra Los Angeles


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