Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Marlene Dietrich

Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich (1901 – 1992) was a German actress and singer. Dietrich remained popular throughout her long career by continually re-inventing herself, professionally and characteristically. In the Berlin of the 1920s, she acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel (1930), directed by Josef von Sternberg, brought her international fame and garnered her a contract with Paramount Pictures in the US.

Hollywood films such as Shanghai Express (1932) and Desire (1936) capitalised on her glamour and exotic looks, cementing her stardom and making her one of the highest-paid actresses of the era.

In 1939, she played cowboy saloon girl, Frenchie, in the classic western Destry Rides Again, opposite James Stewart. The bawdy role revived her career and "The Boys in the Back Room", a song she introduced in the film, became a hit when she recorded it for Decca. She played similar types in Seven Sinners (1940) and The Spoilers (1942), both opposite John Wayne.

Although she still made occasional films in the post-war years, Dietrich spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a successful show performer.

In 1999, the American Film Institute named Marlene Dietrich the ninth-greatest actress of all time. [Wikipedia]

The Blue Angel (1930)

The Blue Angel (1930) German poster

Morocco (1930)

Morocco (1930)

Blonde Venus (1932) French poster

Blonde Venus (1932) art by Charles Lennox Wright

Shanghai Express (1932) German poster

Shanghai Express (1932) Italian poster

Shanghai Express (1932) French poster

The Song of Songs (1933)

The Scarlet Empress (1934) French poster

The Scarlet Empress (1934) French poster

The Devil is a Woman (1935)

The Devil is a Woman (1935)

Desire (1936)

Desire (1936)

The Garden of Allah (1936) Belgian poster

The Garden of Allah (1936) French poster

Angel (1937)

Angel (1937) Belgian poster

Knight Without Armor (1937)

Knight Without Armor (1937)

Destry Rides Again (1939)

Seven Sinners (1940) Belgian poster

Seven Sinners (1940)

The Flame of New Orleans (1941)

The Flame of New Orleans (1941) Belgian poster

Manpower (1941)

Pittsburgh (1942)

The Spoilers (1942)

Kismet (1944) German poster

Kismet (1944) Italian poster

Golden Earrings (1947)

A Foreign Affair (1948)

Stage Fright (1950) Italian poster

Rancho Notorious (1952)

Rancho Notorious (1952) Italian poster

Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Italian poster

Touch of Evil (1958)

Just a Gigolo (1978) French poster


  1. Steve Lensman! It's not the first time I am visiting your blog, but when my old computer crashed more than 2 years ago, I lost all the bookmarks. When I discovered UMR, I had no clue that I have known your blog for quite a while! Wonderful posters on Dietrich, Monroe, Hepburn...
    Anonymous, by the way, stands for Lupino ;O)

  2. Hello Lupino, it's a small netverse after all!
    Yep before I started doing videos I was creating movie poster blogs and writing stuff at hubpages.
    Thanks for checking these out, glad you liked them.
    Looking at my Marlene page for the first time in ages these posters do look spectacular. I hope I've used some of them on my Dietrich video. :)

  3. Thought you may not even read this comment, but glad you did :)
    Spectacular is the right word, the question is was it the artist or the model?