Lydia, the Tattered Lady
- Golden Earrings review by CH
"First you beat me? And then we kiss and make up?"
Between those two sentences, Marlene Dietrich (as a scarf-sporting Gypsy, Lydia) opens eyes even more widely, gleamingly so - which answers the question, "how good was Marlene Dietrich?"
Most likely, with anybody else aloft a caravan at the reins of a white horse, Golden Earrings would be dismissed as preposterous - all the more so as fortune-reading Lydia has prevailed upon British agent Ray Milland to sport earrings to pass himself off as a fellow-Gypsy as they trot through the pre-war Black Forest while he and a separated accomplice are on a mission to obtain a poison-gas formula so that it is not used in battle.
The earrings give Milland a strange, even camp aspect - and camp is doubly the word, for they meet other Gyspsies and there is rowdiness beside the evening's bonfire, with the title song (very much a Hollywood product) making an appearance now and then. For something which might seem a thriller, much of it takes place aboard that caravan, and one's interest is maintained by director Mitchell Leisen, who made a series of terrific movies during the Thirties and Forties (notably Midnight) before slackening into work on television series.
Do not fall into the trap of ridiculing Golden Earrings. Celebrate a Hollywood that laid money across the palms of all concerned.
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