Golden Earrings

Golden Earrings

Director: Mitchell Leisen

Cast: Mitchell Leisen, Ray Milland, Marlene Dietrich, Murvyn Vye

     
 

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Based on a novel by Yolanda Foldes, the romantic adventure Golden Earrings concerns a love affair and international espionage. Told in flashback, British officer Ralph Denistoun (Ray Milland) recounts the story to American journalist Quentin Reynolds. Before WWII, British Intelligence officers Ralph and Richard (Bruce Lester) were held captive by Nazis who

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Based on a novel by Yolanda Foldes, the romantic adventure Golden Earrings concerns a love affair and international espionage. Told in flashback, British officer Ralph Denistoun (Ray Milland) recounts the story to American journalist Quentin Reynolds. Before WWII, British Intelligence officers Ralph and Richard (Bruce Lester) were held captive by Nazis who wanted to know about Prof. Otto Krosigk's (Reinhold Schunzel) secret formula. Ralph and Richard escape, deciding to look for Krosigk separately with the plan to meet up again in Stuttgart. Then Ralph meets gypsy woman Lydia (Marlene Dietrich) in the forest. She disguises him, gives him golden earrings to wear, and leads him through the forest. Ralph eventually fights the gypsy leader Zoltan (Murvyn Vye) and wins his respect. He joins the band of gypsies and heads to Stuttgart where he meets Richard and reads the horrible fate in his palm. He then meets Krosigk, who gives him the secret formula. He is then able to escape, but promises to return for Lydia. The story ends with Lydia and Ralph meeting again in the forest after the war is over.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Seen today, Golden Earrings is a fairly unbelievable little film, made even odder by the presence of ultra-chic Marlene Dietrich in a totally unglamorous role. It's not necessarily a bad movie, mind you, once one gets past the fact that that really is Dietrich beneath the ridiculous two tons of greasepaint and the jet-black wig. But neither is it a movie one would really go out of one's way to catch (Dietrich diehards excepted, of course.) The story is far-fetched and at times ludicrous, the stereotypes are rampant, a single line of dialogue is used to cover the atrocities committed by the Nazis against gypsies, and the dialogue in general is not particularly good. But where else can one see a bedraggled Dietrich scratching herself or plucking a fish head from s boiling pot and downing it in one gulp? The actress throws herself into the role and is surprisingly effective; it's not necessarily the greatest performance, but it reveals that she could stretch herself in interesting ways when challenged. Ray Milland is fine in his role, though he and Dietrich lack the spark together that the film demands of them, and Mitchell Leisen's direction is professional if not overly inventive (although the shot of the entrance to the gypsy camp deserves some mention).

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2014
UPC:
0025192180897
Original Release:
1947
Source:
Universal Mod
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
3,557

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Milland Col Ralph Denistoun
Marlene Dietrich Lydia
Murvyn Vye Zoltan
Dennis Hoey Hoff
Quentin Reynolds Himself
Reinhold Schünzel Prof. Otto Krosigk
Ivan Triesault Maj. Reimann
Harry Anderson German Farmer
Harold de Becker Telegraph Boy
John Dehner S.S. Man
Leslie Denison Miggs
Vernon P. Downing Club Member
Tony Ellis Dispatch Rider
Arno Frey Major
Frederick Giermann Sergeant
John Good S.S. Lieutenant
Henry Guttman Peasant
Maynard Holmes Private
James H. Horne Actor
Frank Johnson Waiter
Roberta Jonay Peasant Girl
Mitchell Leisen Actor
Caryl Lincoln Farmer's Wife
Howard Mitchell Naval Officer
Pepito Perez Actor
John Peters Lieutenant Colonel
Gordon Richards Actor
Henry Rowland Peiffer
Hans Schumm Policeman
Peter Seal Chief of Police
George Sorel Actor
Bob Stephenson Actor
Hans Von Morhart S.S. Trooper
Jack Wilson Hitler Youth Leader
William Yetter Actor
Louise Colombet Flower Woman
Gordon Arnold Gypsy Boy
Martha Bamattre Wise Old Woman
Robert Cory Doorman
Leo Schlesinger Soldier
Carmen Beretta Tourist
Henry Vroom S.S. Guard
Walter Rode Actor
Jack Worth Nazi Party Official
Margaret Farrell Woman
Jon Gilbreath Soldier
Al Winters Elite Guard Colonel
Hermine Sterler Greta Krosigk
Eric Feldary Zweig
Fred Nurney First Agent
Otto Reichow Agent
Gisela Werbiseck Dowager
Larry Simms Page Boy
Bruce Lister Byrd

Technical Credits
Mitchell Leisen Director
Frank R. Butler Screenwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Billy Daniels Choreography
Helen Deutsch Screenwriter
Mary Kay Dodson Costumes/Costume Designer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Ray Evans Songwriter
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Grace Gregory Set Decoration/Design
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Jay Livingston Songwriter
Alma Macrorie Editor
John Meehan Art Director
Abraham Polonsky Screenwriter
Harry Tugend Producer
Wally Westmore Makeup
Victor Young Score Composer

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