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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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I wondered why I had never heard of this film before, considering its roster of top talents, but after a few minutes it was clear that this was a real stinker. The problem lies with the script which can't make up its mind whether to be light or serious. Leo McCarey's sluggish direction doesn't help either. There is no momentum. The jokes fall flat. The comic situations are handled with lead gloves. They take forever to build up and generate no laughs. The first hour is taken up with painful, labored attempts at comedy featuring Ginger Rogers as an American golddigger posing as an aristocrat, presumably to complement her newly acquired status as wife of an Austrian baron (Walter Slezak) on the eve of the German takeover of his country. Ginger's attempt at high-toned speech is not funny and only reminds us that she was never very good at posh talk. We know she will eventually drop the accent and we can't wait. The role itself is reminiscent of Norma Shearer's in Escape (1940) a privileged but apolitical lady blithely unaware that people close to her are actually Nazis on the warpath, and when the truth sinks in she rises to thwart them in this case with the help of Cary Grant as a radio announcer sent to investigate the Nazi connections of her husband, a sort of professional gadfly fifth columnist who goes from country to country to seed the soil for German invasion. These countries are all part of the couple's honeymoon itinerary hence the title.
A few positives: At one point Albert Dekker turns up as a double agent and saves the film from terminal boredom with a nicely shaded performance and a skill with accents. There is also an affecting subplot wherein Ginger, accent-free at last, saves a Jewish hotel maid by letting her use her passport to escape Poland after the invasion. The maid shows up again to repay the favor. The film also makes a point about the Nazis' persecution of Jews in general. But that's about it.
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