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Director:
Writers:
Charles Brackett (screen play) and
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Release Date:
1 February 1940 (Australia) See more »
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Tagline:
M-G-M's Laugh Riot ! See more »
Plot:
A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Garbo Laughs, and Makes Me Laugh with Her See more (75 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greta Garbo ... Ninotchka

Melvyn Douglas ... Leon

Ina Claire ... Swana

Bela Lugosi ... Razinin
Sig Ruman ... Iranoff (as Sig Rumann)
Felix Bressart ... Buljanoff
Alexander Granach ... Kopalski
Gregory Gaye ... Rakonin
Rolfe Sedan ... Hotel Manager

Edwin Maxwell ... Mercier
Richard Carle ... Gaston
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Adams ... Jacqueline - Swana's Maid (uncredited)
Monya Andre ... Gossip (uncredited)
Nino Bellini ... Swana's Restaurant Guest (uncredited)
Wilda Bennett ... Swana's Restaurant Guest (uncredited)
Symona Boniface ... Gossip (uncredited)
Frederika Brown ... Swana's Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Emilie Cabanne ... Gossip (uncredited)
George Davis ... Porter at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Paul Ellis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fred Farrell ... Attendant (uncredited)
Frank Fletcher ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Gossip (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ... Lady Lavenham - Indignant Woman in Doorway (uncredited)
Jody Gilbert ... Streetcar Conductress - Moscow Roommate (uncredited)
Lawrence Grant ... General Savitsky - Duchess' Consort (uncredited)
Jennifer Gray ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Winifred Harris ... English Lady Getting Visa (uncredited)
Ray Hendricks ... Waiter (uncredited)
William Irving ... Bartender (uncredited)
Hans Joby ... Man at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Charles Judels ... Pere Mathieu - Cafe Owner (uncredited)
Armand Kaliz ... Louis - the Headwaiter (uncredited)

Ernst Lubitsch ... Himself - Director in Trailer (uncredited)
Peggy Moran ... First Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Sandra Morgan ... Gossip (uncredited)
Lucille Pinson ... German Woman at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Waiter (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Soviet Lawyer (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
Alexander Schoenberg ... Bearded Man - Eiffel Tower Tourist (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Gurganov - Neighbor Spy (uncredited)
Tamara Shayne ... Anna - Moscow Roommate (uncredited)
Florence Shirley ... Marianne - Swana's Phone Friend (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Swana's Restaurant Guest (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Soviet Lawyer (uncredited)
Kay Stewart ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)

George Tobias ... Russian Visa Official (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Gossip (uncredited)
Paul Weigel ... Vladimir - With Letter from Leon (uncredited)
Elizabeth Williams ... Indignant Woman (uncredited)
Marek Windheim ... Manager (uncredited)
Wolfgang Zilzer ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
 
Writing credits
Charles Brackett (screen play) and
Billy Wilder (screen play) and
Walter Reisch (screen play)

Melchior Lengyel (based on the original story by)

Produced by
Sidney Franklin .... associate producer (uncredited)
Ernst Lubitsch .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Werner R. Heymann 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels  (director of photography) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Ruggiero (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist: Miss Claire
Beth Langston .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Horace Hough .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Waters .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Randall Duell .... associate art director
George Elder .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Conrad Kahn .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Milton Brown .... still photographer (uncredited)
Al Lane .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Floyd Porter .... chief electrician (uncredited)
William Riley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Arnold Webster .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Jack Rohan .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Eric Locke .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-15 (2006) (DVD) | Finland:K-18 (2006) (DVD) (self applied) | Finland:S (1981) (cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1964) | Finland:K-16 (1941) | Finland:(Banned) (1940) | Germany:12 (DVD, 2006) | New Zealand:PG | Portugal:M/6 | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5494) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
Ernst Lubitsch disliked Gottfried Reinhardt and S.N. Behrman's original screenplay, so he commissioned a rewrite from Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett and Walter Reisch. Lubitsch himself made some significant uncredited contributions to the screenplay.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the three negotiators are drunk and Leon stands up, he at first does not have the letter in his hand, but then it appears.See more »
Quotes:
Leon:A radio's a little box that you buy on the installment plan, and before you tune it in, they tell you there's a new model out.See more »
Soundtrack:
Ça c'est ParisSee more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Garbo Laughs, and Makes Me Laugh with Her, 31 March 2008
Author: evanston_dad from United States

The only word to describe this Ernst Lubitsch comedy is: sparkling.

Tremendously sweet and funny in that gentle way that was unique to Ernst Lubitsch comedies, "Ninotchka" features a winning Greta Garbo as a Soviet envoy dispatched to Paris to check up on the work of her comrades. They have been sent to sell the confiscated jewels of a Russian countess, played haughtily by Ina Claire. She refuses to let them go without a fight, and enlists the help of her attorney and playboy (Melvyn Douglas) to win them back. Unfortunately for her, he falls under the charms of Ninotchka, as do we.

I have never been a fan of Garbo or the moody brooding she was always asked to do in her films. Lubitsch completely understood the image she had in the public's collective mind, and so for the first half of this movie, Garbo presents a parody of herself, refusing to crack a smile despite Douglas's herculean efforts to make her. But then Ninotchka gradually begins to fall under the spell of Paris, its good food and fashionable hats, a pratfall involving Douglas is finally enough to make her laugh, and from that moment on, she's a delight. For an example of just how good a comedienne Garbo could be, watch Ninotchka's face as Douglas's character tells her corny joke after corny joke in an attempt to win a smile from her; or the scene set in a nightclub when Ninotchka discovers the capitalist wonders of champagne.

Grade: A+

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