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A group of disparate travelers are caught are thrown together in a posh Alpine hotel when the borders are closed at the start of WWII.

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When song-and-dance man Harry Van returns from World War I, he finds work hard to come by. His greatest success comes as straight man in a phony vaudeville mind-reading act with the tipsy Madame Zulieka. While on tour in Omaha he meets acrobat Irene Fellara, and they have a brief romance. Twenty years later while Harry is on tour in Europe with a troupe of leggy blonde dancers, his train is stopped at the Swiss border and he finds himself stranded in the Alps in anticipation of World War II hostilities. Harry and his chorines take refuge in an Alpine hotel with a group of disparate travelers who are also marooned there. Among them are an American pacifist, British newlyweds, a cancer researcher, a German munitions manufacturer, and a beautiful blonde expatriate Russian aristocrat who looks suspiciously like the Irene of two decades earlier. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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The Biggest Thrill They Ever Gave You! Norma and Clark together in the romance of a "ham" song-and-dance man and a "red-headed liar from Omaha." See more »


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27 January 1939 (USA)  »

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Az élet komédiása  »

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Trivia

There were two slightly different endings shot. One, shot for the American market, had the stars witness a fairly short air raid and then end the movie while doing a comedy song. The other, shot for the international market, featured a much longer and more violent air raid and had the stars singing the hymn "Abide With Me" at the end. Turner Classic Movies usually shows both endings. See more »

Goofs

During the air battle in the ending shot for the international market the background film is clearly looped since the same twin-tailed airplane (similar to an American P-38) flies past the window 8 times. See more »

Quotes

Irene Fellara: Did I ever tell you of my escape from the Soviets?
Achille Weber: You've told me about it at least eleven times, and every time it was different.
Irene Fellara: Well, I made several escapes. I am always making escapes, Achille. When I worry about you and your career, I have to run away from the terror of my own thoughts. So I amuse myself by studying the faces of the people I see. Just ordinary, casual, dull people. That little English couple for instance - I was watching them during dinner, sitting there close together, ...
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Crazy Credits

The actresses who play "Les Blondes" are not credited individually; they are given the credit "Harry Van's 'Les Blondes'......Themselves", similar to the manner in which the "Munchkins" were credited in "The Wizard of Oz", another film released that year by M-G-M. See more »

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Featured in Just One More Time (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Puttin' on the Ritz
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Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Clark Gable
Danced by Clark Gable and Les Blondes at the hotel
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Is Norma Shearer a fake, or the real thing?
22 September 1998 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Norma Shearer and Clark Gable are cast in the roles that Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontaine made famous on the Broadway stage. It is also MGM's last anti-war film before the outbreak of WWII in Europe. A blonde Norma Shearer does a brilliant comic turn as a Russian Countess, and she is matched by Clark Gable, who performs a rendition of "Puttin' on the Ritz."


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