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Ninotchka -- Greta Garbo bursts into a rare bit of onscreen laughter during her portrayal of a cold-hearted Soviet agent who is warmed up by a trip to Paris and a night of love.
Ninotchka -- Trailer for this classic comedy


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Charles Brackett (screen play) &
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Release Date:
1 February 1940 (Australia) See more »
M-G-M's Laugh Riot ! See more »
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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins See more »
User Reviews:
A GREAT FILM CLASSIC! See more (83 total) »


  (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)

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
Writing credits
Charles Brackett (screen play) &
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 (musical score)
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)
A. Lindsley 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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5494) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Ernst Lubitsch only signed on as director after George Cukor decamped for Gone with the Wind (1939). As part of his deal for directing, MGM agreed to make The Shop Around the Corner (1940) for Lubitsch afterwards.See more »
Continuity: After arriving at the suite, and Ninotchka begins typing, the position of the trio and the manner in which they hold their hats change.See more »
Iranoff:Do you want to be alone, comrade?
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Movie Connections:
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17 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A GREAT FILM CLASSIC!, 30 January 2003
Author: whpratt1 from United States

Ninotchka is a great film classic with great acting by Melvyn Douglas, who really supports Greta Garbo. Garbo is an actress with class and great abilities not found in movie stars today, she was ahead of her times, deep and spiritual. Her supporting actors, Sig Ruman used every expression he could to portray a fumbling Russian and Bela Lugosi showed the movie industry that he had great acting abilities he was never given a chance show to his many fans.

This film shows aspiring actors just how to perform to the highest level of their art.

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