Salome, Where She Danced

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Salome, Where She Danced
Salome Where She Danced (film poster).jpg
Directed by Charles Lamont
Produced by Alexander Golitzen (associate producer)
Walter Wanger (producer)
Written by Michael J. Phillips (story)
Laurence Stallings (writer)
Starring Yvonne de Carlo
Music by Edward Ward
Cinematography W. Howard Greene
Hal Mohr
Edited by Russell F. Schoengarth
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date(s) April 17, 1945 (U.S.)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,159,225[1]
Box office $2,598,964[1]

Salome, Where She Danced is a 1945 American romance film directed by Charles Lamont and starring Yvonne De Carlo, Rod Cameron and Walter Slezak. The film follows the adventures of a dancer in nineteenth-century Europe and the United States. It is loosely based on the story of Lola Montez.

Plot summary[edit]

The film opens in Virginia in 1865, shortly after General Lee's surrender at Battle of Appomattox Court House. A war correspondent Jim Steed exchanges comments with Count Von Bohlen, an arrogant Prussian army officer serving as a military attaché during the American Civil War. A year later Steed is in Vienna shortly before the outbreak of the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. There he encounters a famous dancer, Anna Marie, who he persuades to spy for him on Von Bohlen, now a member of the Prussian General staff, who has become infatuated with her. However the secret plans which they manage to pass on to the Austrians are unable to prevent the decisive Prussian victory.

Escaping Vienna just ahead of the conquering Prussian army, they journey to the United States where they plan to organize a successful career for her in show-business. Stopping in a small western town to stage a show, they choose the exotic Salome for her debut, but it is held up at gunpoint by local desparados,. After Salome is able to recover their money from the bandits, the town elders decide by popular acclaim to rename the settlement "Salome Where She Danced". The bandit leader, Cleve Blunt, an ex-Confederate soldier develops a romantic interest in Anna Marie and accompanies her on the journey westward.

After moving on to San Francisco, they persuade a wealthy Russian Colonel to back her career. Just as she is set to make a success, the arrival of Count Von Bohlen seeking revenge leads to a final confrontation.

Production and release[edit]

The project had originally been connected to John Ford in 1941, but it was acquired by the producer Walter Wanger. He envisaged it as "an Arabian nights story in a western setting". On its release the film received amongst the worst critical reception of any of Wanger's films.[2] Nonetheless, the film made a profit of $149,387 and launched Yvonne de Carlo as a star.[1]

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p442
  2. ^ Bernstein p.190

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