A business tycoon decides to wed a Middle Eastern princess whose customs dictate the pair must live apart for several months before marrying; even more complications settle in when the tycoon's ex-fiancée is assigned to chaperone the pair.
Thornton Sayre, a respected college professor, is plagued when his old movies are shown on TV and sets out with his daughter to stop it. However, his former co-star is the hostess of the TV show playing his films and she has other plans.
At the start of WWII, Katie O'Hara, an American burlesque girl intent on social climbing, marries Austrian Baron Von Luber. Pat O'Toole, an American radio reporter, sees this as a chance to investigate Von Luber, who is suspected of having Nazi ties. As country after country falls to the Nazis, O'Tool follows O'Hara across Europe. At first he is after a story, but he gradually falls in love with her. When she learns that her husband is indeed a Nazi, O'Hara fakes her death and runs off with O'Toole. In Paris, she is recruited to spy for the allies; he uses a radio broadcast to make Von Luber and the Nazis look like fools. Written by
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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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