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I Was an Adventuress (1940)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  10 May 1940 (USA)
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A pair of crooks (von Stroheim and Lorre) use a phony countess (Zorina) who winds up falling in love with one of their victims (Greene).

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vera Zorina ...
Richard Greene ...
Paul Vernay
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Andre Desormeaux (as Erich Von Stroheim)
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Polo
Sig Ruman ...
Herr Protz (as Sig Rumann)
Fritz Feld ...
Henri Gautier
Cora Witherspoon ...
Aunt Cecile
Anthony Kemble-Cooper ...
Cousin Emil (as Anthony Kemple Cooper)
Paul Porcasi ...
Fisherman
Inez Palange ...
Fisherman's Wife
Egon Brecher ...
Jacques Dubois
Roger Imhof ...
Henrich Von Kongen
Rolfe Sedan ...
Waiter
Eddie Conrad ...
Waiter
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Orchestra Leader
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Storyline

Andre Desormeaux, master con artist and jewel thief, has been very successful with his partners, light-fingered Polo and beautiful lure "Countess" Tanya Vronsky. But Tanya falls in love with one of their victims, resigns from the team, and (despite Andre's warning) marries rich young Paul Vernay...for love. Inevitably, Andre and Polo reappear in her life. Can Tanya outwit the master schemer? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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10 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sedutora Aventureira  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Although credited to Fortunio Bonanova, the orchestra conductor is played by George Balanchine. See more »

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Andre Desormeaux: [already seated outside café as Polo sits down]
[Looking intently at Polo's feet]
Andre Desormeaux: No luck huh? You have tramped all over Paris from the Port de la Villette to Montrouge and found no trace of her.
Polo: Yes, that's right. Oh, I've covered all the ballet schools. But how did you know?
Andre Desormeaux: Your feet! Those ugly, tired peasant feet. They tell me the story. You see, I studied hands and feet. I can read them like you can read a book... if you could read.
Polo: Oh, but I can read.
Andre Desormeaux: Of course, you can. You can read words...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Swan Lake, Op.20
(1877) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts played at the ballet and danced by Vera Zorina, Lew Christensen and Charles Laskey
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Slight and very familiar but also quite enjoyable.
16 April 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film stars Vera Zorina and since she was once an accomplished ballerina, several dance numbers and an allusion to "Swan Lake" was inserted into the film. I'd love to make some humorous comment about a stunt dancer now claiming credit for all this, but Ms. Zorina was a world-famous dancer before she became an actress.

This film is set in a weird Europe--one where there is no war at all--even though it came out in 1940--during the German occupation of France, the Battle of Britain and Mussolini--none of which are even mentioned in the movie! Zorina, Erich von Stroheim and Peter Lorre (all three who had strong Germanic roots) are a team of swindlers who prowl the hot-spots of Europe ripping off unsuspecting members of the upper class. However, when Zorina meets sweet Richard Greene, she falls instantly in love and can't continue her wicked ways. She reforms and they soon marry--though she never tells him about her very sordid past. So, when her old 'comrades' show up some time later, she's afraid to say anything--though she knows von Stroheim and Lorre are up to no good.

This is a somewhat familiar theme for Hollywood. With films like "Lady Eve", "Jewel Robbery" and "Trouble in Paradise" (just to name a few), it's obvious the public had a great fascination with these 'lady or gentleman criminal' movies. Here, like these other films, there is some comedy and some romance--and the ending is rather predictable as it follows a familiar pattern. Compared to these other films, "I Was An Adventuress", it's about average--not as good as some and a bit better than others. I liked the actors--they were all pretty good choices. The script was decent---not outstanding or as sweet as "Trouble in Paradise" or "Lady Eve"--but still pretty good. Overall, it's worth watching and a nice time-passer.


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