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According to an advertisement in HR , photographic effects were by Lloyd Knechtel, "...in cooperation with Harry Perry in the Ascot scenes." According to a contemporary source, Paramount paid $8,500 for Menyhért Lengyel's play. The film's editing record found at the AMPAS library reveals that the film, pre-released 1 Sep 1937 in New York, also had six previews in California, from 25 Jul to 13 Sept 1937, for which the reel length diminished from 11 to 9 reels, and the footage from 9,570 to 8,131 ft. A news item in HR notes that some scenes were filmed on location at the Santa Anita racetrack, CA. According to a modern source, shooting, which began in late March, was completed on 14 Jun after 73 days, and location shooting was done by Harry Perry and Eric Locke in Europe. Modern credits include the following cast members: Gwendolyn Logan ( Woman with Maria ); James Finlayson ( Second butler ); George Davis and Arthur Hurni ( Taxi drivers ); Joseph Romantini ( Headwaiter ); Suzanne Kaaren ( Girl who gambles ); Louise Carter ( Flower woman ); Gino Corrado ( Asst manager of hotel ); Major Sam Harris ( Man at club ). Another modern source notes that this was a box-office and critical failure, and Dietrich was released from her Paramount contract after this ... More Less

According to an advertisement in HR , photographic effects were by Lloyd Knechtel, "...in cooperation with Harry Perry in the Ascot scenes." According to a contemporary source, Paramount paid $8,500 for Menyhért Lengyel's play. The film's editing record found at the AMPAS library reveals that the film, pre-released 1 Sep 1937 in New York, also had six previews in California, from 25 Jul to 13 Sept 1937, for which the reel length diminished from 11 to 9 reels, and the footage from 9,570 to 8,131 ft. A news item in HR notes that some scenes were filmed on location at the Santa Anita racetrack, CA. According to a modern source, shooting, which began in late March, was completed on 14 Jun after 73 days, and location shooting was done by Harry Perry and Eric Locke in Europe. Modern credits include the following cast members: Gwendolyn Logan ( Woman with Maria ); James Finlayson ( Second butler ); George Davis and Arthur Hurni ( Taxi drivers ); Joseph Romantini ( Headwaiter ); Suzanne Kaaren ( Girl who gambles ); Louise Carter ( Flower woman ); Gino Corrado ( Asst manager of hotel ); Major Sam Harris ( Man at club ). Another modern source notes that this was a box-office and critical failure, and Dietrich was released from her Paramount contract after this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
25 Sep 1937.
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Box Office
9 Oct 1937.
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Box Office
16-Oct-37
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Film Daily
17 Sep 37
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Mar 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Apr 37
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Sep 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Dec 37
p. 128.
Motion Picture Daily
15 Sep 37
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Jul 37
p. 44.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Sep 37
p. 44, 49
MPSI
Jul 37
p. 14.
New York Times
Nov 37
p. 29.
Variety
15 Sep 37
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Ernst Lubitsch Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
Adpt
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst cutter
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Photog eff
Photog eff
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Angyal by Menyhért Lengyel (Vienna, 1932) and the English-language adaptation, Angel , by Guy Bolton and Russell Medcraft (copyrighted 24 Nov 1933).
MUSIC
Original music by Frederick Hollander.
SONGS
"Angel," words by Leo Robin, music by Frederick Hollander.
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 October 1937
Production Date:
began 22 March 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 October 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7909
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
89-90
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3399
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Maria Barker, wife of foreign diplomat Sir Frederick Barker, feels neglected at home. Unknown to her husband, Maria flies to Paris to visit Grand Duchess Anna Dmitrievna, who runs a salon. While there, Maria meets Anthony Halton, who, immediately enchanted by her, invites her to dinner. Because Maria refuses to give her name, Anthony calls her "Angel" and fervently longs to see her again. Maria refuses to maintain contact and returns home, there attempting to regain her husband's attentions. Frederick, however, is completely preoccupied by his work. At the races Frederick encounters Anthony, with whom he had a brief acquaintance during the war. Anthony relates his story about "Angel," intriguing Frederick, who invites his old friend to meet his wife. Maria and Anthony maintain a proper demeanor in Frederick's presence, but when alone together, Anthony implores her to meet him once again. Later, Frederick learns about Maria's first trip to Paris and, missing a Geneva convention, goes to Anna's salon to find out the truth about his wife. He finds Maria there and learns that she is the "Angel" of whom Anthony spoke. Maria is forced to choose between the two men, and decides to return to her ... +


Maria Barker, wife of foreign diplomat Sir Frederick Barker, feels neglected at home. Unknown to her husband, Maria flies to Paris to visit Grand Duchess Anna Dmitrievna, who runs a salon. While there, Maria meets Anthony Halton, who, immediately enchanted by her, invites her to dinner. Because Maria refuses to give her name, Anthony calls her "Angel" and fervently longs to see her again. Maria refuses to maintain contact and returns home, there attempting to regain her husband's attentions. Frederick, however, is completely preoccupied by his work. At the races Frederick encounters Anthony, with whom he had a brief acquaintance during the war. Anthony relates his story about "Angel," intriguing Frederick, who invites his old friend to meet his wife. Maria and Anthony maintain a proper demeanor in Frederick's presence, but when alone together, Anthony implores her to meet him once again. Later, Frederick learns about Maria's first trip to Paris and, missing a Geneva convention, goes to Anna's salon to find out the truth about his wife. He finds Maria there and learns that she is the "Angel" of whom Anthony spoke. Maria is forced to choose between the two men, and decides to return to her husband. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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