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::1932 - Blonde Venus / Die Blonde Venus



USA 1932
Paramount
black & white

Synopsis:
Chemist Edward Faraday marries German cabaret singer Helen and the couple settles in the United States, where they have a son, Johnny. Years later, Ned develops radium poisoning and must travel to Europe to receive treatment, but cannot afford the trip. Helen, therefore, goes to work for nightclub manager Dan O'Connor, who gives her the name "Blonde Venus" and features her in his act. At Helen's debut, she enchants politician and millionaire Nick Townsend, who gives her the three-hundred dollars Ned needs. Helen tells Ned the money was an advance from O'Connor, and the next day Ned sails for Europe for six months. Nick convinces Helen to quit the club and let him support her for the summer. When Ned arrives home early, cured of his illness, Helen is on vacation with Nick. After Helen confesses her infidelity, Ned demands custody of Johnny. Helen runs away with Johnny, moving from town to town trying to get work in cabarets, while the Bureau of Missing Persons tracks her. In New Orleans, when Helen can no longer work because the authorities have circulated her picture in clubs all over the country, she gives Johnny up to Ned. Within a year after being reduced to staying in a women's flophouse, Helen has become a sensation in Paris nightclubs under the name Helen Jones. There she meets Nick again, who has heard rumors that Helen used men as a stepping stone to stardom. He swears his love to her, but she is cold to him. The next day, the couple sails for America as newspaper headlines announce that Helen is forfeiting Parisian success to marry a New York millionaire. Before they can marry, however, Nick insists that Helen see Johnny again, knowing that the boy is her only true happiness. When they arrive at the Faraday home, Ned refuses to let Helen inside until Nick offers to "buy" Helen a visit with Johnny. Ned refuses the bribe, but allows her in. Helen puts Johnny to bed, and he asks for the story of how his parents met. Reluctantly Ned and Helen tell it, but without the usual happy ending. When Helen sings Johnny to sleep, she asks Ned if she may stay with them both, and he says it is where she belongs.

Cast:
MARLENE DIETRICH (Helen Faraday)
HERBERT MARSHALL (Edward Faraday)
CARY GRANT (Nick Townsend)
DICKIE MOORE (Johnny Faraday)
GENE MORGAN (Ben Smith)
RITA LA ROY (»Taxi Belle« Hooper)
ROBERT EMMETT O'CONNOR (Dan O'Connor)
SIDNEY TOLER (Detective Wilson)
FRANCIS SAYLES (Charlie Blaine)
MORGAN WALLACE (Dr. Pierce)
EVELYN PREER (Iola)
ROBERT GRAVES (La Farge)
LLOYD WHITLOCK (Baltimore Manager)
CECILE CUNNINGHAM (Cabaret-Owner)
EMILE CHAUTARD (Chautard)
JAMES KILGANNON (Janitor)
Students: STERLING HOLLOWAY (Foe), CHARLES MORTON (Bob), FERDINAND SCHUMAN-HEINK (Henry)
JERRY TUCKER (Otto)
HAROLD BERQUIST (Big Fellow)
DEWEY ROBINSON (Greek Restaurant Owner)
CLIFFORD DEMPSEY (Judge in Paris Nightclub Talking to Nick)
BESSIE LYLE (Grace)
MILDRED WASHINGTON, HATTIE MCDANIEL (Viola, the Maid)
GERTRUDE SHORT (Receptionist)
BRADY KLINE (New Orleans Policemen)
DAVISON CLARK (Barkeeper)
AL BRIDGE (Bouncer)
MARCELLE CORDAY (Helen’s Maid in France)
MARY GORDON (Landlady)
ERIC ALDEN (Guard)
PAT SOMERSET (Companion)
also Kent Taylor

Crew:
JOSEF VON STERNBERG (Director)
JULES FURTHMAN, S. K. LAUREN (Screenplay)
BERT GLENNON (Camera)
WIARD IHNEN (Art Direction)
OSKAR POTOKER (Music)
TRAVIS BANTON (Costumes)
WILLIAM RAND, BENNY MAYER (Camera Operator)
LUCIEN BALLARD, NEAL BECKNER (Assistant Camera)
PAULO IVANO (Additional Camera Operator)
HARRY D. ENGLISH (Sound)
DON ENGLISH (Still Photographer)
based on a story by JOSEF VON STERNBERG

Melody:
»Leise zieht durch mein Gemüt« from »Das Buch der Lieder. Neuer Frühling«
by FELIX MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY(Music) and HEINRICH HEINE (Lyrics)

Songs:
»Hot Voodoo« by RALPH RAINGER (Music) and SAM COSLOW (Lyrics)
»You Little So-and-So« by LEO ROBIN (Music) and SAM COSLOW (Lyrics)
»I Couldn't Be Annoyed« by LEO ROBIN (Music) and DICK WHITING (Lyrics);

Length:
2578m, 97 Minutes

Production:
26 May to 11 June 1932

Premiere:
22 September 1932