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Adventure for Two (1943)
"The Demi-Paradise" (original title)

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Ivan Kouznetsoff, a Russian engineer, recounts during World War II his stay in England prior to the war working on a new propeller for ice-breaking ships. Naïve about British people and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ivan Kouznetsoff
Penelope Dudley-Ward ...
Ann Tisdall (as Penelope Ward)
Marjorie Fielding ...
Mrs. Tisdall
Margaret Rutherford ...
Rowena Ventnor
Felix Aylmer ...
Mr. Runalow
George Thorpe ...
Herbert Tisdall
Leslie Henson ...
Himself
Guy Middleton ...
Dick Christian
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Mr. Walford
Edie Martin ...
Miss Winifred Tisdall
Muriel Aked ...
Mrs. Tisdall-Stanton
Joyce Grenfell ...
Sybil Paulson
Everley Gregg ...
Mrs. Flannel
Jack Watling ...
Tom
David Keir ...
Jordan
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Ivan Kouznetsoff, a Russian engineer, recounts during World War II his stay in England prior to the war working on a new propeller for ice-breaking ships. Naïve about British people and convinced by hearsay that they are shallow and hypocritical, Ivan is both bemused and amused by them. He is blunt in his opinions about Britons and at first this puts off his hosts, including the lovely Ann Tisdall, whose grandfather runs the shipbuilding firm that will make use of Ivan's propeller. The longer Ivan stays, however, the more he comes to understand the humor, warmth, strength, and conviction of the British people, and the more they come to see him as a friend rather than merely a suspicious Russian. As a romantic bond grows between Ivan and Ann, a cultural bond begins to grow as well, particularly as the war begins and Russia is attacked by Germany. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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First feature of Gladys Henson. See more »

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Volga Boat Song
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A British take on "Ninotchka"?
31 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This delightful romantic comedy has a situation similar to "Ninotchka" from several years earlier, but with the genders reversed: Loyal but somewhat naive Soviet apparatchik visits a Western capitalist country on serious business, is squired through the strange ways of his/her host nation by a light-hearted but likable native toward whom he/she develops romantic feelings, and alters his/her views on Soviet/West differences. Garbo and Douglas were incomparable in "Ninotchka," but Olivier, in an offbeat role for him, and Dudley Ward hold their own in this comic exploration of people's preconceived ideas about one another (the Russian assumes all English businessmen are "exploiters," the English boarders at a rooming house won't eat at the table with "one of them (a Russian communist)." Definitely worth seeing.


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