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American chemist Ned Faraday marries a German entertainer and starts a family. However, he becomes poisoned with Radium and needs an expensive treatment in Germany to have any chance of being cured. Wife Helen returns to night club work to attempt to raise the money and becomes popular as the Blonde Venus. In an effort to get enough money sooner, she prostitutes herself to millionaire Nick Townsend. While Ned is away in Europe, she continues with Nick but when Ned returns cured, he discovers her infidelity. Now Ned despises Helen but she grabs son Johnny and lives on the run, just one step ahead of the Missing Persons Bureau. When they do finally catch her, she loses her son to Ned. Once again she returns to entertaining, this time in Paris, and her fame once again brings her and Townsend together. Helen and Nick return to America engaged, but she is irresistibly drawn back to her son and Ned. In which life does she truly belong?

Starring:
Cary Grant, Herbert Marshall
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Cary Grant, Herbert Marshall, Marlene Dietrich
Director Josef Von Sternberg
Genres Drama
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages German, French, English
Subtitles Swedish, German, Czech, Dutch, French, Polish
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By WSH on 29 Jan. 2011
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This is a beautiful transfer of a surprisingly wide-ranging film. The plot-line can be summarised very briefly, but von Sternberg was not a director content with recycling tired images. He has created a visually stunning film, once again. Dietrich is fabulous as mother, performer, mistress, street walker, and mother again. Herbert Marshall's character is well handled by von Sternberg - who often symbolically shoots him in silhouette or hidden in shadows. The supporting cast (including Cary Grant) all contribute full-voltage performances, and the child actor who plays Dietrich and Marshall's son does very well indeed. My expectations for this film were far exceeded. It is a great example of the high cinema craft of the 1930s.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ladsdonwellgood on 28 Mar. 2008
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I've been lured by the five star ratings credited to this film. Marlene is divine as she moves between roles as top billing cabaret act Helen Jones and perfect wife and mother. When husband needs money for life saving medical treatment in Europe, Cary Grant's deep pockets provide the wherewithal. What Marlene does for the $1500 is not made absolutely clear, but whatever it is, she gets some super new frocks. Hubby comes back a week, fully recovered, finds Marlene on the gallivant with Grant. She's obliged to flee with sonny boy, but ends up in skid alley in the deep south, is eventually found by hubby who takes off with the little boy. Dietrich gets back on top of the bill again, this time in Paris, and Cary turns up to see the show and then to carry her back to NYC. From the film we learn what we all know, good women enjoy washing their kids at bedtime and singing a lullaby far more than clubbing at the Ritz.
It's a lovely film, for all its corniness: the quirky dialogue and dated uncomfortable slang make you wince, but it's early days cinema, and you enjoy its innocence - if only I could believe that the lovely girls fall for the slippers and cardigans rather than the tuxedo and wallet.
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By Miss S. O'Brien on 11 May 2013
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Every child should be given the opportunity to see great cinema and to see its origins. Worth concentrating on every moment.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rama Rao on 30 Sept. 2009
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Director Josef von Sternberg collaborated with Marlene Dietrich to make highly successful movies at the height of depression era when silent movie transitioned to sound movies. The list includes; Blonde Venus, Morocco, Dishonored, Shanghai Express, The Scarlet Empress, and The Devil is a Woman. Marlene Dietrich is not only beautiful but also an excellent actress. She offers brilliant performance as Helen Faraday who runs around the country to avoid authorities taking her only son, Johnny (Dickie Moore) from her, and give it the custody of her husband Edward Faraday (Herbert Marshall). One would like to remember another great classic, Madame X, starring Lana Turner and John Forsythe where a mother is separated from her son and she longs to get back to her son. The difference being the latter is highly dramatized which makes a grown-man cry. Director Sternberg has brilliantly handled this movie into a different direction which spares the viewers from agony. Yet the legendary lady of Hollywood fascinates viewers as a tender mother strongly protecting her child, who spends her evenings singing at the local night club, and be at home to offer her deep maternal love. She does her best to be very alluring. It touches us deeply when she tries to teach her son from a book like a school teacher or lullaby at his bedside.

The story has a twist in that Helen's unselfish nature to help her husband get treatment in Germany for radiation poisoning. She finds a willing millionaire Nick Townsend (Cary Grant), who helps her with cash needed. She lies to Edward that the money is advance on her salary from her boss Dan O'Connor (Robert O'Conner). After his treatment in Germany Edward finds out about Helen's infidelity, and demands the custody of Johnny.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TIV on 12 April 2014
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Loved it, especially with Cary Grant in it. Good story line, well written, directed and memorable performances from both Marlene Dietrich and Cary Grant( another on my list of favourite British actors.) 5 stars!! Enjoy!!
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