Dietrich's first US film not made with Josef von Sternberg was, Paramount thought, a can't-miss project. It was based on a successful novel by Hermann Sudermann, made into a successful play by Edward Sheldon, filmed silently starring Elsie Ferguson then again as LILY OF THE DUST with
Pola Negri. Despite all of the prior incarnations, this did have a slightly different feel about it, probably due to the direction of newcomer Mamoulian, who was just coming off his hit, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, starring Fredric March. Dietrich is a farm girl who has just lost her father. She goes
to the big city of Berlin and moves in with an aunt, Skipworth, who owns a bookshop. Diet...