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The Blue Angel

The Blue Angel(1959)

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Brief Synopsis

Professor Immanuel Rath (Curt Jurgens)is a martinet botany professor at a German high school who finds post cards bearing the likeness of Lola-Lola (May Britt), "The Blue Angel", in the possession of his pupils. He goes to the cafe where she is appearing to see if any of his pupils are there, and spots two of them. While chasing them, he encounters Lola-Lola and the troupe manager, Kiepert (Theodore Bikel.) He returns the next evening and becomes involved with Lola. His visit to the cafe, and the fact he spent the night with Lola, becomes common knowledge and he is forced to leave his school position. Despite the protests of his friends, he marries Lola, who is intrigued by the idea of being the wife of a professor. The intrigue doesn't last long, as Rath is unable to get work because of his wife. He becomes a broken character, reduced to performing odd jobs around the troupe and living off the earnings of his wife. When the troupe returns to his hometown, Kiepert brutally uses him in a magic act as a shill to attract customers from among his old students and friends. Lola meets a former lover and, as Rath is being degraded on the stage, she allows the former lover to make love to her in sight of her husband. Rath goes beserk and sets out to strangle her.

Cast & Crew

Edward Dmytryk Director
Curt Jurgens Prof. Immanuel Rath
May Britt Lola Lola
John Banner Principal Harter
Ludwig Stossel Prof. Braun

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: 4 Sep 1959
Release Date:  1959 Production Date:  [CinemaScope]
Color/B&W:  Color (DeLuxe) Distributions Co:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Sound:  Mono (Westrex Recording System) Production Co:  Jack Cummings Productions, Inc.
Duration(mins):  107-108 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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  • Captivating

    Steven 2013-12-27

    I stumbled onto this movie late one evening and I was riveted to the end. It's usually the scene and era the film was created that catches my... MORE>

  • Stunning

    Stephen 2011-11-18

    I caught this movie early one morning by accident and already in progress - the point where he returned to the club to reclaim his hat. (I've... MORE>

  • The Blue Angel: An Underrated Remake

    Dorian 2011-10-17

    I saw this version of the movie a total of one time, MANY years ago, and never forgot it. Although I very much appreciate the original, which made Marlene... MORE>