The Flame Of New Orleans

  • 1941
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

French director Rene Clair's first US film stars Dietrich as a golddigger in the Crescent City, circa 1841. She's come from Europe to marry the richest man in New Orleans and assumes the role of a wealthy noblewoman in order to worm her way into society. The picture begins as we see a gorgeous wedding gown floating down the Mississippi, and we flash back...read more

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French director Rene Clair's first US film stars Dietrich as a golddigger in the Crescent City, circa 1841. She's come from Europe to marry the richest man in New Orleans and assumes the role of a wealthy noblewoman in order to worm her way into society. The picture begins as we see a

gorgeous wedding gown floating down the Mississippi, and we flash back to learn what's happened to Dietrich, who was to wear that dress on her wedding day. She sets her sights on the wealthy Young but is herself pursued by tough but lovable sea captain Cabot. Complications arise when Auer, a man

she had known in Europe, shows up and reveals some of the details of her checkered past. Dietrich claims he's talking about her cousin, and she poses as her wanton cousin to pull off the deception. Eventually, Young learns the truth, and Dietrich winds up with Cabot. Dietrich has some very funny

moments, though the part may have been better suited to Mae West, but there was enough subtlety to make it worthwhile. The costumes are resplendent, the production is lush, and just to hear Dietrich sing "Sweet As the Blush of May" is worth watching the rest of the film. Good comedy from Devine,

Quillan, and Jenks as rough sailors. The film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Interior Decoration.

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