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Director: Josef von Sternberg (Dir)
Release Date:   6 Dec 1930
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 14 Nov 1930
Duration (in mins):   90
Duration (in feet):   8,237
Duration (in reels):   12
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Cast:   Gary Cooper (Tom Brown)  
    Marlene Dietrich (Amy Jolly)  
    Adolphe Menjou (Kennington)  
    Ullrich Haupt (Adjutant Caesar)  
    Juliette Compton (Anna Dolores)  
    Francis McDonald (Corporal Tatoche)  
    Albert Conti (Colonel Quinnovieres)  
    Eve Southern (Madame Caesar)  
    Michael Visaroff (Barratire)  
    Paul Porcasi (LoTinto)  
    Emil Chautard (French general)  

Summary: Tom Brown, a devil-may-care American Legionnaire and ruthless in his treatment of women, is singled out for attention by cabaret singer Amy Jolly despite the clamor of other suitors, among them debonair man-of-the-world Kennington. Surreptitiously she arranges a rendezvous with Tom in her apartment, where he finds her embittered with life and scornful of men, though hypnotically attractive. He leaves abruptly and goes into the street to meet an officer's wife, but Amy, intrigued by him, follows and interrupts their interview; the woman urges the street beggars to attack Amy, but Tom defends her, and he is arrested and assigned to a dangerous mission. Learning that Kennington has offered her wealth and happiness, Tom elects to remain at a desert outpost after accomplishing his mission. Amy hears that he is wounded and goes to the post, accompanied by Kennington; realizing their love, Kennington offers to aid Tom in deserting the Legion. Tom, however, tells Amy that if she loves him, she must be prepared to be a good soldier; as he marches with his column into the desert, Amy joins the ragged wives and sweethearts who follow in the trail of the departing soldiers. 

Production Company: Paramount Publix Corp.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Publix Corp.  
Director: Josef von Sternberg (Dir)
Writer: Jules Furthman (Scr)
  Jules Furthman (Dial)
Photography: Lee Garmes (Dir of photog)
  Lucien Ballard (Addl photog)
Art Direction: Hans Dreier (Art dir)
Film Editor: Sam Winston (Film ed)
Sound: Harry D. Mills (Rec eng)
Country: United States
Language: English

Songs: "Give Me the Man Who Does Things" and "What Am I Bid for My Apples?" words by Leo Robin, music by Karl Hajos.
Composer: Karl Hajos
  Leo Robin
Source Text: Based on the novel Amy Jolly, die Frau aus Marrakesch by Benno Vigny (Berlin-Friedenau, 1927).
Authors: Benno Vigny

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Paramount Publix Corp. 5/12/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP1793

Physical Properties: Sd: Movietone

Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: with songs
Subjects (Major): France. Army. Foreign Legion

Note: Marlene Dietrich also sings "Quand l'amour meurt" by Millandy and Crémieux. Morocco marked the first American film for Dietrich (1901--1992). The German-born actress was already well-known to American audiences for her portrayal of "Lola Loa" in the 1930 German film The Blue Angel (Der blaue Engel) , which also was directed by Josef von Sternberg. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
EHW   25 Oct 1930   p. 42.
Film Daily   16 Nov 1930   p. 10.
Life   5 Dec 1930   p. 36, 44.
New York Times   17 Nov 1930   p. 29.
Time   24 Nov 1930   p. 64.
Variety   19 Nov 1930   p. 21.

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