The Flame of New Orleans (1941) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Flame of New Orleans (1941)





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Acclaimed French filmmaker Rene Clair made his American debut with this period comedy/drama. Claire Ledeux (Marlene Dietrich) leaves her native France and arrives in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1841, with one goal in mind: marrying a wealthy man. Posing as a pillar of society and a woman of means, Claire sets her sights on Charles Giraud (Roland Young), who is good looking and rich, but she soon discovers that ship captain Robert Latour (Bruce Cabot) is also vying for her hand. However, when Zoltov (Mischa Auer), who knew Claire from the old country, starts dropping heavy hints about her scandalous reputation in Europe, Claire tries to convince everyone that he's really talking about her cousin, even going so far as to disguise herself as the phantom cousin to add weight to her ruse. Three Stooges fans should keep an eye peeled for a brief appearance by Shemp Howard, who plays a waiter; Andy Devine, Franklin Pangborn, and Clarence Muse also appear in the supporting cast.


Marlene Dietrich
as Countess Claire Ledoux, aka Lili
Bruce Cabot
as Robert Latour
Roland Young
as Charles Giraud
Mischa Auer
as Zolotov
Andy Devine
as First Sailor
Frank Jenks
as Second Sailor
Eddie Quillan
as Third Sailor
Theresa Harris
as Clementine
Melville Cooper
as Brother-in-Law
Robert Evans
as Williams
Anthony Marlowe
as Opera singer
Gitta Alpar
as Opera Singer
Bess Flowers
as Woman Guest
Joe Devlin
as Fourth Sailor
Frank Sully
as Waterfront Waiter
Mary Treen
as Woman at Ball
Rex Evans
as Giraud's Butler
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Critic Reviews for The Flame of New Orleans

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

With every picture now, Marlene Dietrich grows more and more a comic. I mean it in the most delightful and flattering sense, for the lady is very droll indeed, and charming also, in The Flame of New Orleans.

September 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The story is appealing, the direction is magnificent, and the photography is excellent. [Full review in Spanish]

September 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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