We’re three happy chappies in snappy serapes

The above title has nothing to do with today’s post, but I did watch highlights of Disney’s THE THREE CABALLEROS and now I have the lyrics (by Ray Gilbert) swirling round in my head like your hopes and dreams going down a drain. Be that as it may, over at The Chiseler I continue my random quest through Marlene Dietrich’s films with Josef Von Sternberg. This time it’s MOROCCO, Marlene’s first Hollywood film, which always sends me to sleep. But it fascinates me too.

2 Responses to “We’re three happy chappies in snappy serapes”

  1. Back in the early 1970s, during my college days, I was a member of the student group that showed films on the weekend. At the time we were all about auteurs, so one of our first programs was a double bill of Sternberg’s Morocco and Hawk’s To Have And Have Not. We showed the Sternberg film first, and I remember how tiring it was to watch. And, like you, I could barely stay awake to the end when Dietrich follows Cooper off into the desert. And, at this point, I felt ready to go home, but since I was part of the group putting on the screening. I felt I needed to stay through the start of the next film, So I planned to only watch the first few minutes of the Hawks film, which I had seen before, and then go home to bed. But, something in the way Hawks puts a film together, and the maybe differences in the ten years between the two productions, made THAHN rejuvenating to watch. And, I easily found myself wide awake as Bacall sashays after Bogart at the end. Maybe it was Hoagy Carmichael and that hot little jazz group on the soundtrack?

  2. I’m fascinated by Hawks’ claim to have contributed the idea of Marlene’s drag act in Morocco. And he stole most of the start of Rio Bravo from Underworld, which he may also have contributed to. He later said he didn’t know why he bothered with Sternberg, who wasn’t very likable, but somehow he took an interest. I actually wonder if they had a thing going together, possibly. Quite the odd couple they’d make.

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