Morocco (1930)

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A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself.

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  • Marlene Dietrich and Adolphe Menjou in Morocco (1930)
  • Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930)
  • Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930)
  • Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930)
  • "Morocco" Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper. 1930/Paramount
  • "Morocco" Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper 1930/Paramount

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24 November 2010 | Doylenf
| Cooper and Dietrich size each other up in sultry "Morocco"...
MOROCCO is exactly the sort of film you'd expect to find MARLENE DIETRICH in at this early point in her career as the seductress working as a cabaret singer where she attracts the attention of a young legionnaire GARY COOPER and a wealthy older man, ADOLPHE MENJOU. There's never any doubt that the screen chemistry between Dietrich and Cooper in the first cabaret scene will lead to their ultimate romantic attachment, but some viewers will be surprised at the film's memorable ending.

It's easy to see that sound was new when this was made. Some of the dialog sounds stilted and words are spoken more slowly than necessary even by pros like Menjou to make sure the microphone catches every syllable. But the story moves at a nice pace, the exotic settings are photographed in subtle shadings of B&W, and Dietrich gets to warble a few songs in that inimitable style, although her voice sounded much better later on in her career when technical improvements in sound helped improve the quality of her husky vocalizing.

It's a pleasure to see the young GARY COOPER in an early understated performance opposite the sizzling MARLENE DIETRICH--both contribute to the eye candy appeal of a rather sultry epic from Von Sternberg.

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