Morocco Overview:

Morocco (1930) was a Romance - Drama Film directed by Josef von Sternberg and produced by Hector Turnbull.


This is the American screen debut of Dietrich, directed by her Svengali, von Sternberg, who made her a world sensation earlier the same year in The Blue Angel. The story concerns a cabaret singer who must choose between Foreign Legionnaire Cooper and moneybags Menjou, but it is really Dietrich and von Sternberg's picture. Dietrich dresses in top hat and tails and sings three numbers, including "What Am I Bid?"

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Morocco was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1992.

Academy Awards 1930/31 --- Ceremony Number 4 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressMarlene DietrichNominated
Best Art DirectionHans DreierNominated
Best CinematographyLee GarmesNominated
Best DirectorJosef Von SternbergNominated

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Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930)

By Carol Martinheira on Jun 19, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930) On June 19, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized Because we?re still celebrating Pride Month here at the Garden, I thought I?d talk about one of my favorite LGBT moments in Pre-Code Hollywood: THAT scene with Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (193... Read full article

Morocco (1930) (2)

By Angela on Nov 15, 2013 From Hollywood Revue

When nightclub singer Amy Jolly (Marlene Dietrich) arrives in Morocco, she’s already lived and loved a lot and it’s left her exhausted.? The last thing she wants is to fall in love and be hurt yet again.? But when she spots Legionnaire Tom Brown (Gary Cooper) in the audience during one o... Read full article

Road to Morocco (1942)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 15, 2013 From 4 Star Films

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Road to Morocco (1942)

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Morocco (1930) (1)

on Jul 15, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film

Marlene Dietrich is the woman of the hour for this week’s July Five installment, and we kick things off with her American film d?but.? Morocco is best remembered for Dietrich’s immortal performance, in a top hat and tails, sharing a sultry kiss with another woman.? The controversy, as we... Read full article

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Lux Radio Theatre version, retitled "The Legionnaire and the Lady", starring Marlene Dietrich and Clark Gable aired 1 June 1936.
One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1992.
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Released 1930
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