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John Baxter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126012

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.001.0001

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Came the Dawn

Came the Dawn

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(p.84) Came the Dawn
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Von Sternberg
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John Baxter

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.003.0015

Underworld's success appeared astonishing when von Sternberg sailed for Germany in 1929 to make The Blue Angel. Hollywood regarded his career as almost over. Although his many clashes with management contributed, his fall was mostly due to the impact of talking pictures. Von Sternberg's decline began with The Last Command, which won favorable reviews but little profit. He showed no alarm at his failures, even boasting to visitors on the set of his next film, The Docks of New York, that his prestige remained as high as ever. The tone of Docks of New York is characteristically gentle, almost feminine. Even the violence is handled playfully.

Keywords:   Underworld, Germany, prestige, clashes, violence

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