“All I know about you is… you stole my car, and I’m insane about you.”
A long-con diamond thief (Marlene Dietrich) falls in love with an American (Gary Cooper) vacationing in Spain. Will she go straight to be with him, or stick to a life of crime with her business partner (John Halliday)?
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Akim Tamiroff Films
- Character Arc
- Frank Borzage Films
- Gary Cooper Films
- Marlene Dietrich Films
- Thieves and Criminals
Marlene Dietrich’s first post-von Sternberg film was this delightful romantic comedy, directed by Frank Borzage and produced by Ernst Lubitsch. The storyline begins with a clever long-con (co-starring Alan Mowbray and Ernest Cossart) that shows exactly how cool and calculating Dietrich could be — especially with men — but the ensuing plot allows her to gradually show a more vulnerable side of herself as she falls in love with Cooper. The cinematography is appropriately atmospheric, and the European sets fit the tale perfectly. Dietrich fans in particular will be glad to see her playing a more nuanced and interesting character than Concha in The Devil is a Woman (1936).
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Fine lead performances
- Charles Lang and Victor Milner’s cinematography
No, but it’s recommended as an enjoyable romantic thriller.