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03 June 2016

EFSP's Dazzling Dozen: Marlene Dietrich and her Screen Lovers

We found this British card published at the height of the popularity of Marlene Dietrich. A multiview postcard about her screen lovers. It must be published around 1932 cause the card contains stills from her early American films, all directed by Josef von Sternberg. So, we liked the idea and today, EFSP publishes 12 dazzling postcards with Marlene Dietrich and the guys she loved in her films for von Sternberg and other directors.

Marlene Dietrich and her Screen Lovers
Marlene Dietrich and her Screen Lovers. British postcard. Photos: publicity stills from 1, 3, 4. Morocco (Josef von Sternberg, 1930) with Gary Cooper, 2, 8, 10, 11. Dishonored (Josef von Sternberg, 1931) with Victor McLaglen, 7. Der blaue Engel/The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg, 1930) with Emil Jannings, 9, 12. Shanghai Express (Josef von Sternberg, 1932) with Clive Brook.

Emil Jannings and Marlene Dietrich in Der blaue Engel (1930)
German collectors card. Photo: Super film. Publicity still for Der blaue Engel/The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg, 1930) with Emil Jannings.

Hans Albers and Marlene Dietrich in Der blaue Engel (1930)
German collectors card. Photo: Super film. Publicity still for Der blaue Engel/The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg, 1930) with Hans Albers.

Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper in Morocco
Belgian postcard Photo: Paramount. Publicity still for Morocco (Josef von Sternberg, 1930) with Gary Cooper.

Marlene Dietrich and Clive Brook in Shanghai Express (1932)
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 6379/2. Photo: Paramount. Marlene Dietrich as Shanghai Lily and Clive Brook as 'Doc' Harvey in Shanghai Express (Josef von Sternberg, 1932).

Dickie Moore RIP (1925-2015)
Dutch postcard by JosPe, no. 327, ca. 1932. Photo: Paramount. Publicity still of Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall and Dickie Moore in Blonde Venus (Josef von Sternberg, 1932).

Marlene Dietrich and Maurice Chevalier
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 7790/1. Photo: Paramount. Real-life lovers Marlene Dietrich and Maurice Chevalier at a Paramount set. Dietrich is dressed as the peasant girl from the beginning of The Song of Songs (Rouben Mamoulian, 1933). Chevalier wears what looks like a bathrobe, so he might just have been busy on another Paramount set at the same time. In the film A Bedtime Story (Norman Taurog, 1933) he wears the same shoes.

Marlene Dietrich, Brian Aherne and Lionel Atwill in The Song of Songs
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 183/4. Photo: Paramount. Brian Aherne (Richard), Lionel Atwill (baron von Merzbach) and Marlene Dietrich (Lily) in The Song of Songs (Rouben Mamoulian, 1933).

Marlene Dietrich and Gavin Gordon in The Scarlet Empress (1934)
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 8709/1, 1933-1934. Photo: Paramount. Publicity still for The Scarlet Empress (Josef von Sternberg, 1934) with Gavin Gordon.

Marlene Dietrich
British-Dutch postcard by M. Bonnist & Zonen, Amsterdam, no. B 351. Photo: Paramount. Publicity still for The Scarlet Empress (Josef von Sternberg, 1934) with Marlene Dietrich as Catherine the Great, the notorious empress of Russia.

Marlene Dietrich and Robert Donat in Knight Without Armour
British postcard by Art Photo Postcard, no. 125. Marlene Dietrich and Robert Donat in the London Films production Knight Without Armour (Jacques Feyder, 1937) with Robert Donat.

Marlene Dietrich and Ronald Colman in Kismet
Belgian collectors card by Kwatta, Bois d'Haine, no. C 156. Photo: M.G.M. Publicity still for Kismet (William Dieterle, 1944) with Ronald Colman.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday, hosted by Beth at the The Best Hearts are Crunchy. You can visit her by clicking on the button below.

1 comment:

Beth Niquette said...

Oh my goodness! What an unusual face she has. I've always enjoyed her acting in old films. I really liked that first postcard. It is so unusual, I've never seen anything like it!

Thank you for your patience last week. I have been out of town and not able to comment until now. As always, I adore the historical descriptions and history you add to these postcards. I look forward to reading them every week.

Summer greetings from Oregon, Paul!