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Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »
Famous footage of Hitler visiting Paris is shown. Following this, many scenes (and many days) occur before the Baron is called in to see Hitler, yet it is well recorded that Hitler's visit to the city lasted only 3 hours. See more »
Gaston Le Blanc:
Look here, old man. Where is your patriotism?
Patrick 'Pat' O'Toole:
Well, thinking of her with him isn't helping it any! And you leave my patriotism out of this. I don't mind giving up coffee and sugar but when it comes to... I'd like to know what man was ever hero enough to say I have but one wife to give to my country!
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Although an intriguing curiosity - a comedy/intrigue with hearty doses of wartime propoganda - the film never resolves its schizoid persona. The Nazi characters are too cartoonish to provide real menace, and what comedy there is is overshadowed by the sincere attempt to portray the threat to European Jewry. The ending is abrupt (mercifully so?) and doesn't really resolve anything. Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers do their best but their efforts don't save matters. The scene where the allied agent attempts to prove his American identity to Rogers is tediously, painfully humorless. Watchable only as a curiosity.
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