I Was an Adventuress (1940)

Not Rated  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
Vera Zorina ...
Richard Greene ...
Paul Vernay
Andre Desormeaux (as Erich Von Stroheim)
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 ...
Inez Palange ...
Fisherman's Wife
Egon Brecher ...
Jacques Dubois
Roger Imhof ...
Henrich Von Korgen
Rolfe Sedan ...
Eddie Conrad ...
Fortunio Bonanova ...
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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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Release Date:

10 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sedutora Aventureira  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Albert Conti, Anna Demetrio and George Humbert are listed cast members in contemporary Hollywood Reporter production charts, but they were not seen in the film. See more »


Countess Tanya Vronsky: I'm Countess Vronsky. I've heard some of the stories you've been spreading about me, Signor Rosselli
[slaps his face]
Countess Tanya Vronsky: I warn you against repeating any more of this malicious gossip
Herr Protz: [startled] I am not Signor Rosselli!
Countess Tanya Vronsky: You're not Signor Rosselli?
Herr Protz: No. I've never even heard of him.
Countess Tanya Vronsky: Oh. I've made a terrible mistake
Herr Protz: Oh, that's alright.
Countess Tanya Vronsky: I don't know what to say
Herr Protz: Say nothing, Countess.
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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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Polo and Andre--what might have been!
6 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Lubitsch lite" might be the best description of this beguiling romantic comedy. Its charm relies to a surprising extent on the effervescent chemistry between its two male stars, Peter Lorre and Erich von Stroheim. These are not the most likely of sidekicks, but you'd be surprised how deftly these two play off one another, like a Mittel European Laurel and Hardy, as the cherubic kleptomaniac Polo (Lorre) and his sly con-artist buddy Andre (Stroheim). It's easy to imagine a series of comedy adventures based on Polo and Andre--actually, Stroheim and Lorre make a more entertaining duo than Lorre and Greenstreet. The lovely Zorina keeps up with them beautifully, as well as delivering a very photogenic performance in the "Swan Lake" ballet sequence (choreographed by her husband, George Balanchine) which anticipates "The Red Shoes" in its dynamically cinematic, semi-surreal style.

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