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Salome Where She Danced

1945

The beautiful Yvonne De Carlo rules as the notorious "Lola Montez" who was the mistress of the King of Prussia and caused a revolution when he gave her the crown jewels. She then escaped to the American West to the Arizona town of "Salome" where she danced


Salome, Where She Danced is a 1945 American romance film directed by Charles Lamont and starring Yvonne De Carlo, Rod Cameron (actor) and Walter Slezak. The film follows the adventures of a dancer in nineteenth-century Europe and the United States. It is loosely based on the story of Lola Montez.

Plot summary

The film opens in Virginia in 1865, shortly after Robert E. Lee's surrender at Battle of Appomattox Court House. A war correspondent Jim Steed exchanges comments with Count Von Bohlen, an arrogant Prussian army officer serving as a military attaché during the American Civil War. A year later Steed is in Vienna shortly before the outbreak of the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. There he encounters a famous dancer, Anna Marie, who he persuades to spy for him on Von Bohlen, now a member of the Prussian General staff, who has become infatuated with her. However the secret plans which they manage to pass on to the Austrians are unable to prevent the decisive Prussian victory.
Escaping Vienna just ahead of the conquering Prussian army, they journey to the United States where they plan to organize a successful career for her in show-business. Stopping in a small western town to stage a show, they choose the exotic Salome for her debut, but it is robbed at gunpoint by local desparados,. After Salome is able to recover their money from the bandits, the town elders decide by popular acclaim to rename the settlement "Salome Where She Danced". The bandit leader, Cleve Blunt, an ex-Confederate Army soldier develops a romantic interest in Anna Marie and accompanies her on the journey westward.
After moving on to San Francisco, they persuade a wealthy Russian Colonel to back her career. Just as she is set to make a success, the arrival of Count Von Bohlen seeking revenge leads to a final confrontation.

Production and release

The project had originally been connected to John Ford in 1941, but it was acquired by the producer Walter Wanger. He envisaged it as "an Arabian nights story in a western (genre)". On its release the film received amongst the worst critical reception of any of Wanger's films. Nonetheless, the film made a profit of $149,387 and launched Yvonne de Carlo as a star.< name="wagner"/>

Cast

  • Yvonne De Carlo as Anna Marie
  • Rod Cameron (actor) as Jim Steed
  • David Bruce (actor) as Cleve Blunt
  • Walter Slezak as Col. Ivan Dimitrioff
  • Albert Dekker as Count Erik Von Bohlen
  • Marjorie Rambeau as Madam Europe
  • J. Edward Bromberg as Prof. Max
  • Abner Biberman as Dr. Ling
  • John Litel as General Robert E. Lee
  • Kurt Katch as Otto Von Bismarck




Category:1945 films
Category:English-language films
Category:American films
Category:1940s romantic drama films
Category:American romantic drama films
Category:Films directed by Charles Lamont
Category:Films set in the 1860s
Category:Films set in Virginia
Category:Films set in Vienna
Category:Films set in San Francisco, California
Category:Universal Pictures films
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Walter Wanger, Alexander Golitzen

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