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::1937 - Angel / Engel



USA 1937
Paramount
black & white

Synopsis:
Maria Barker, wife of foreign diplomat Sir Frederick Barker, feels neglected at home. Unknown to her husband, Maria flies to Paris to visit Grand Duchess Anna Dmitrievna, who runs a salon. While there, Maria meets Anthony Halton, who, immediately enchanted by her, invites her to dinner. Because Maria refuses to give her name, Anthony calls her "Angel" and fervently longs to see her again. Maria refuses to maintain contact and returns home, there attempting to regain her husband's attentions. Frederick, however, is completely preoccupied by his work. At the races Frederick encounters Anthony, with whom he had a brief acquaintance during the war. Anthony relates his story about "Angel," intriguing Frederick, who invites his old friend to meet his wife. Maria and Anthony maintain a proper demeanor in Frederick's presence, but when alone together, Anthony implores her to meet him once again. Later, Frederick learns about Maria's first trip to Paris and, missing a Geneva convention, goes to Anna's salon to find out the truth about his wife. He finds Maria there and learns that she is the "Angel" of whom Anthony spoke. Maria is forced to choose between the two men, and decides to return to her husband.

Cast:
MARLENE DIETRICH (Maria ’Angel’ Barker, aka Mrs. Brown)
HERBERT MARSHALL (Sir Frederick Barker)
MELVYN DOUGLAS (Anthony ’Tony’ Halton)
EDWARD EVERETT HORTON (Graham)
DOUGLAS ERNEST COSSART (Christopher ’Chris’ Walton)
LAURA HOPE CREWS (Grand Duchess Anna Dmitrievna)
HERBERT MUNDIN (Mr. Greenwood)
DENNIE MOORE (Emma MacGillicuddy Wilton)
LIONEL PAPE (Lord Davington)
LEONARD CAREY, GERALD HAMER (Barker’s Footman)
PHILLIS COGHLAN (Maria’s Maid)
ERIC WILTON (Barker’s Chauffeur)
HERBERT EVANS (Lord Davington’s Butler)
MICHAEL S. VISAROFF (Gregori, the Grand Duchess’ Butler)
DUCI KEREKJARTO (Violinist)
OLAF HYTTEN (Consolidated Press Photographer)
GWENDOLYN LOGAN (Woman with Maria)
JAMES FINLAYSON (Barker’s 2. Butler)
GEORGE DAVIS, ARTHUR HURNI (Taxidriver)
JOSEPH ROMANTINI (Club Headwaiter)
SUZANNE KAAREN (Gambler)
LOUISE CARTER (Flower Woman)
GINE CORRADO (Assistant Hotel Manager)
MAJOR SAM HARRIS (Man at Club)
IVAN LEBEDEFF (Prince Vladimir Gregorovitch - scenes deleted)
Crew:
ERNST LUBITSCH (Director and Producer)
JOSEPH LEFERT (Assistant Director)
SAMSON RAPHAELSON (Screenplay)
GUY BOLTON, RUSSELL MEDCRAFT (Adaption)
CHARLES LANG jr. (Camera)
FARCIOT EDOUART (Special Photographic Effects)
LLOYD KNECHTEEL, HARRY PERRY (Photographic Effects)
HANS DREIER, ROBERT USHER (Grip)
WILLIAM SHEA (Editorial Supervisor)
HARVEY JOHNSTON (Editorial Assistant)
A. E. FREUDEMANN (Interior Decorator)
TRAVIS BANTON (Costumes)
BORIS MORROS (Musical Direction)
MAURICE LAWRENCE (Music)
HARRY MILLS (Sound)
LOUIS MESENKOP (Dubbing Mixer)
based on the Theater Play »Ankyal« by MENYHERT LENGYEL
Song:
»Angel« von FREDERICK HOLLANDER (Friedrich Hollaender) (Music) and LEO ROBIN (Lyrics)

Length:
90 Minutes

Production:
22 March to 14 June 1937, Paramount Studios
Background Screening: Europe

Premiere:
3 November 1937, Paramount Theatre, New York