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Golden Earrings

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Golden Earrings

Golden Earrings
Video cover
Directed by Mitchell Leisen
Produced by Harry Tugend
Written by Frank Butler
Helen Deutsch
Abraham Polonsky
Based on Golden Earrings 
by Jolán Földes
Starring Ray Milland
Marlene Dietrich
Music by Victor Young
Cinematography Daniel L. Fapp
Editing by Alma Macrorie
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)Template:Plainlist
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Golden Earrings is a 1947 romantic spy film made by Paramount Pictures and starring Ray Milland and Marlene Dietrich. It was directed by Mitchell Leisen and produced by Harry Tugend from a screenplay by Frank Butler, Helen Deutsch and Abraham Polonsky, based on a novel by Jolán Földes. The music score was by Victor Young and the cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.

The film's haunting song, "Golden Earrings", sung in the movie by Murvyn Vye, was a hit recording in 1947-48 by Peggy Lee.


Starting in London, England in 1946 after World War 2 had been declared over, At a Hotel two items were delieverd A small Package for a retired British Major General Ralph Denistoun, and a Telegram for an American named Quentin Reynolds. The boy who was the bellhop dropped the telegram off to Quentin Reynolds first and he then took the small package across the room to Ralph Denistoun. When Ralph saw on the box where it had come from he got behind a curtain and opened it. The package had a pair of golden ear rings in it. He then using the window as a mirror held one of the rings up to his pierced ears. Then when he found out that there was an airplane going from London to Paris France he got on it and was seated beside Quentin Reynolds who was also going to Paris. Quentin then asked Ralph Denistoun why has he kept the reason for his pierced ears a secret so long. Then Denistoun tells him the story of how before the war officially broke out he and another man named Richard Byrd were already in Germany and they were being held captive by a man named Hoff. Then he told how they plotted to escape from Hoff and get to the home of a Professor Otto Krosigk who had developed a special poison gas formula who was a friend to Richard Byrd's dad. Then he told Quentin how after they escaped from Hoff that they split up and he had come across a gypsy lady named Lydia who helped him get across country with her horse and wagon by dressing him up as a gypsy so the Nazis could not recognize him. Then when they reached the city that Denistoun was to regoup with Byrd at the Germans killed Byrd after he had tried by himself to reach Professor Krosigk. When Hoff and two of his men tried using a flame to make Byrd who was dying talk Denistoun revealed himself and shot all three of the Nazis. Lydia and another Gypsy named Zoltan helped him get rid of the bodies and helped him get to Professor Krosigk's home and after some events happened when some German soldiers came to the professor's home too the professor realized that Denistoun was telling the truth of who he was so he gave to him on a piece of German cash the gas formula. Denistoun was able to get out of there with the formula and those soldiers did not know who he was. Then Lydia lead him to a place near a river that would allow him to swim across the water to England with the piece of paper that had the formula in tact in a special container. Ralph had taken the ear rings off and the coat and given them back to Lydia before he went to the coast and dived into the water. So after Denistoun had reached Paris he went out to the very place where he remembered leaving Lydia at several years ago and he saw her horse Apple and her wagon. He then put the Ear Rings back on and did the gypsy tradition of spitting three times in the river before crossing. when he got up to the wagon he calls out to Lydia and she is so excited to see him. Then when the two of them get in the wagon she puts the coat back on him and they ride off in the sunset to a happy ending


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