Comedy / Drama / Romance
Directed by Tay Garnett
Marlene Dietrich as Bijou
John Wayne as Lieutenant Dan Brent
Albert Dekker as Dr. Martin
Broderick Crawford as Little Ned
Anna Lee as Dorothy Henderson
Mischa Auer as Sash
Billy Gilbert as Tony
Richard Carle as District Officer
Samuel S. Hinds as Governor Henderson
Oscar Homolka as Antro
Reginald Denny as Captain Church
Bijou, a singer, has a problem. Her sultry, smoking act incites men to violence, starting brawls wherever she goes to perform. It doesn’t take long for club owners to give her the boot. She’s been kicked off almost every island in the South Seas, along with her companions, Little Ned, a Navy deserter, and Sasha, a thieving magician. After one such brawl, she is asked to leave and is put on the next tramp steamer that comes into port where she meets Dr. Martin, a fellow outcast and the two develop a fast friendship. Bijou hears word that the island they are going to has a new governor, and she feels she can get a new foothold and returns to the Seven Sinners bar to ask Tony to hire her back. He reluctantly agrees. Shortly thereafter she meets two very different men. Straight laced Navy officer Dan Brent and sinister, knife wielding mob enforcer, Antro. Both men become infatuated with Bijou and they vie for her attention forcing a dramatic final brawl. After the final brawl between Dan and Antro, she returns to the steam boat and her friend Dr. Martin.
This was one of three on-screen pairings of Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne.
This was John Wayne’s next movie after joining the Hollywood A-List with his breakthrough performance in Stagecoach.
This film marked the first American film for British star Anna Lee.