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In this frothy romantic adventure, Marlene Dietrich plays Madeleine de Beaupre, a devious jewel thief. After sneaking a valuable string of pearls away from jeweler Aristide Duval (Ernest Cossart), Madeleine attempts to flee Paris, leaving a trail that will instead implicate psychiatrist Dr. Pauquet (Alan Mowbray). While headed for the Spanish border, she nearly runs into Tom Bradley (Gary Cooper), an American auto engineer vacationing in Europe. Madeleine spots Tom again as she waits to go through Spanish Customs; worried that the stolen pearls will be found in her handbag, she slips them into Tom's pocket. After they both make their way through inspection unscathed, Madeleine flirts with Tom in an attempt to get the valuables back; he's too shy to respond in kind, so she gets his attention by trying to "repair" the engine of her car with a hammer. Madeleine lures Tom to the San Sebastian estate of her partner in crime, Carlos Margoli (John Halliday). It doesn't take long for Tom to figure out what Madeleine and Carlos are up to; however, he also knows that he's fallen in love with her, and he is willing to play along if it allows him to be near her. Carlos was originally to have been played by John Gilbert; Halliday was a last-minute replacement after the one-time silent screen star died a week before shooting was to begin. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 11, 1936

Cast

Marlene Dietrich
as Madeleine de Beaupre
Gary Cooper
as Tom Bradley
John Halliday
as Carlos Margoli
William Frawley
as Mr. Gibson
Ernest Cossart
as Aristide Duval
Alan Mowbray
as Dr. Edouard Pauquet
Zeffie Tilbury
as Aunt Olga
Enrique Acosta
as Pedro
Stanley Andrews
as Customs inspector
Alden Chase
as Hotel Clerk
Blanche Craig
as Couple
Harry Depp
as Clerk
Oliver Eckhardt
as Man in Couple
Armand Kaliz
as Jewelry Clerk
Marc Lawrence
as Valet
Rollo Lloyd
as Clerk in Mayor's Office
George MacQuarrie
as Clerk With Gun
Robert E. O'Connor
as Customs Official
Albert Pollet
as French Policeman
Akim Tamiroff
as Police Official
George Davis
as Garage Man
Alden Chase
as Hotel Clerk
George Davis
as Garage Man
Oliver Eckhardt
as Man in Couple
Robert E. O'Connor
as Customs Official
Marc Lawrence
as Valet
Akim Tamiroff
as Police Official
Rollo Lloyd
as Clerk in Mayor's Office
Armand Kaliz
as Jewelry Clerk
Blanche Craig
as Couple
Albert Pollet
as French Policeman
Harry Depp
as Clerk
George MacQuarrie
as Clerk With Gun

Crew

Frank Borzage
Director
Ernst Lubitsch
Producer
Hans Szekely
Screen Story
Waldemar Young
Screenwriter
Samuel Hoffenstein
Screenwriter
Victor Milner
Cinematographer
Charles B. Lang
Cinematographer
Frederick Hollander
Composer (Music Score)
Frederick Hollander
Songwriter
Leo Robin
Songwriter
Robert Usher
Art Director
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Travis Banton
Costume Designer
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