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Adventure for Two (1943)

The Demi-Paradise (original title)
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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Ann Tisdall (as Penelope Ward)
Marjorie Fielding ...
Mrs. Tisdall
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Rowena Ventnor
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Mr. Runalow
George Thorpe ...
Herbert Tisdall
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Himself
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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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20 December 1943 (UK)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Roland Culver was cut out of this film. See more »

Quotes

Ivan Kouznetsoff: I don't understand the English.
Mr. Runalow: My dear fellow, who does?
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Soundtracks

Volga Boat Song
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Leighton Lucas
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Very enjoyable
20 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is relatively unknown which is a mystery to me. It is one of the great wartime fims of the period.

A wonderfully written story with great direction and a perfect cast. Lord Olivier is absolutely marvelous in the lead, as one might expect, but the supporting actors are equally marvelous with special mention to Penelope Dudley-Ward who charms from her first entrance. Olivier's Russian accent never waivers for a moment but some of his best scenes are those in which ha has no dialogue at all. His bit of business and subtle facial expressions show his immense talent.

See this film if you have the opportunity.


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