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Director:
Writers:
Charles Brackett (screen play) &
Billy Wilder (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
1 February 1940 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
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:
Why Didn't Garbo Make More Comedies? See more (76 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)

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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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:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5494) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
Curiously enough, this was the very movie Arnold Schwarzenegger studied when he was trying to find his character for Red Heat (1988). The exercise - emulate Greta Garbo - was recommended to him by his director Walter Hill.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:
[Ninotchka is examining a map of Paris]
Leon:Pardon me, are you an explorer?
Ninotchka:No. I'm looking for the Eiffel Tower.
Leon:Good heavens, is that thing lost again? Oh, are you interested in a view?
Ninotchka:I'm interested in the Eiffel Tower from a technical standpoint.
Leon:Technical? No, no, I'm afraid I couldn't be of much help from that angle. You see, a Parisian only goes to the tower in moments of despair to jump off.
Ninotchka:How long does it take a man to land?
Leon:Now isn't that too bad? The last time I jumped, I forgot to time it.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ça c'est ParisSee more »

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35 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Why Didn't Garbo Make More Comedies?, 28 September 2004
Author: Arel

I see that Billy Wilder collaborated on this. Was it a studio decision that Garbo wasn't cast as a comedienne? From the evidence in this film, she should have been. Her timing is excellent, her delivery very special. This is a gem I'd never seen that deserves its National Registry status. In 1939 the Soviet Union had sympathizers in the US, and during the coming World War it was an ally. This gentle spoof of Soviet seriousness and self-conscious worker ethics foreshadows the arguments that were later trotted out after the War to begin the Cold War, but here the humor and satire are soft, more Noel Coward than propaganda.

My lament is not seeing more comedy from Garbo. She made such serious and tragic films, when she could have been making us laugh. The film is dated, yes, but Garbo herself shines through along with her three Russian accomplices. I think that Billy Wilder and Garbo would have been a great team

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