The Blue Angel (1959 film)

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The Blue Angel
The Blue Angel FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Edward Dmytryk
Produced by Jack Cummings
Written by Nigel Balchin
Based on Der Blaue Engel
1930 film
by Heinrich Mann
Starring Curd Jürgens
May Britt
Theodore Bikel
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by Jack W. Holmes
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • October 11, 1959 (1959-10-11)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.7 million[1]
Box office $1.4 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[2]

The Blue Angel is a 1959 American drama film in CinemaScope directed by Edward Dmytryk.[3] The film is a remake of Josef von Sternberg's 1930 film The Blue Angel about cabaret singer Lola-Lola (Marlene Dietrich) and the troubled, aged Professor Rath (Emil Jannings), who falls for her much to his own detriment.


Professor Immanuel Rath (Curt Jurgens) is shocked to discover a number of his students have been frequenting a nightspot called the Blue Angel, where a scandalous entertainer named Lola (May Britt) performs. Rath attends the show one night in order to catch some of his boys in this den of wickedness, but he is soon drawn into Lola's sensual spell, and in time becomes involved in an obsessive romance with her that costs him his job, his savings and his dignity.[4]



  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p251
  2. ^ "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, January 6, 1960 p 34
  3. ^ "The Blue Angel". NY Times. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ The Blue Angel (1959 film) details,; accessed September 8, 2015.

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