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I Was an Adventuress (1940)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 10 May 1940 (USA)
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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Paul Vernay
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Andre Desormeaux (as Erich Von Stroheim)
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Polo
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Herr Protz (as Sig Rumann)
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Henri Gautier
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Aunt Cecile
Anthony Kemble-Cooper ...
Cousin Emil (as Anthony Kemple Cooper)
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Fisherman
Inez Palange ...
Fisherman's Wife
Egon Brecher ...
Jacques Dubois
Roger Imhof ...
Henrich Von Korgen
Rolfe Sedan ...
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Orchestra Leader
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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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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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1.37 : 1
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Electrician Jack Lorenz was killed when he fell from a 30-foot high catwalk while lighting a scene for the film. See more »

Quotes

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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Remake of J'étais une aventurière (1938) See more »

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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Sophisticated, witty, wonderful
24 March 2002 | by (Iowa, USA) – See all my reviews

It's such a pity that this charming film is so difficult to find. It's one of the many wonderful classic films that should be available on video, but seems to have been regrettably tossed aside.

Funny and sophisticated, it never ceases to make me laugh. Peter Lorre and Erich von Stroheim are a perfect pairing. After seeing this, Stroheim became my other favorite actor, next to Peter Lorre. They're both such great actors (my two favorites, actually), and they work together splendidly and comically. Really, there should have been so many more movies starring this duo of striking, charming gentlemen.

Vera Zorina, as the female accomplice to the two crooks, and Richard Greene, as an upperclass man she falls in love with, are both quite good as well. I recommend it to anyone who's lucky enough to get a chance to see it.

It's one of the few times that Peter Lorre gets to play a character who is funny, cute, sweet - someone the audience, and the characters in the movie, are supposed to love. Sure, he's a kleptomaniac, but he can't really help it -- no one, besides the ill tempered Andre, can stay angry at him for long. (In one of the final scenes, Paul Vernay, Richard Greene's character, can't help but grin and laugh to himself as he realizes the charming kleptomaniac has acquired most of his possessions once again.)

I give this witty film a well-deserved 10/10.


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