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The Blue Angel Details


Marlene Dietrich became an immediate international star on the strength of her performance as the temptress Lola Frohlich in Josef von Sternberg's classic tale of love and obsession. Professor Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings) is a strict and humorless schoolmaster who is shocked when he discovers the boys in his class have been spending their time at a sleazy cabaret called The Blue Angel, where an entertainer named Lola (Dietrich) keeps the men in thrall and sells suggestive postcards of herself. Rath goes to the club in hopes of catching his students and giving them a severe dressing-down, but he instead finds himself entranced by the carefree atmosphere of the club, and is struck by Lola's earthy, sensual beauty. Rath finds himself strongly attracted to Lola, and she later entertains him in her dressing room. When word of Rath's infatuation with Lola spreads to his students, he is taunted mercilessly, and eventually Rath is dismissed from the school. While Lola agrees to marry Rath, she shows little affection for him and delights in humiliating him, making him her servant and forcing him to play a clown in her stage show. The Blue Angel was shot in both German and English language versions; the German is preferable, as most of the cast were obviously more expert in that tongue. Dietrich introduced her theme song, "Falling In Love Again", in this picture. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 3, 1930


Emil Jannings
as Prof. Immanuel Rath
Marlene Dietrich
as Lola Frohlich
Kurt Gerron
as Kiepert, a Magician
Eduard von Winterstein
as Headmaster
Hans Roth
as The janitor
Wilhelm Diegelmann
as Captain
Reinhold Bernt
as The clown
Gerhard Bienert
as Policeman
Ilse Furstenberg
as Rath's maid


Josef von Sternberg
Erich Pommer
Carl Zuckmayer
Robert Liebmann
Karl Vollmoeller
Hans Schneeberger
Frederick Hollander
Composer (Music Score)
Frederick Hollander
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Liebmann
Roland Petit
Heinrich Mann
Short Story Author