Anna Zador is a secretary who's been working for 6 years at Count Willie Palaffi's bank. Every day, she rides to work on her bike and places flowers on Willie's desk, but Willie (the ... See full summary »
W.S. Van Dyke,
Roy Del Ruth
Edward Everett Horton
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A woman, who just divorced her husband is walking down the aisle to marry for a second time, faints. She discovers that she is pregnant by her husband. She must decide whether she wants to go back to him or marry her lover.
Movie director John Gayle is fired by his best friend, a producer. He goes to the beach and wanders into a carnival. There he sees a cleaver Irish girl, Mary O'Leary, and decides to 'discover' her and regain his job. He takers her to his home and does a series of "Pygmalion" experiments with her. She becomes a fine actress and is hired by the movie studio, who believe her to be a FRench heiress. Gayle is hired to direct her but when she gives away the whole hoax, he is fired again. Written by
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To totally disagree with the previous reviewers, I think that this, together with all other early Sirk movies I've seen, is nothing short of staggering. Filled with one-liners worthy of a Howard Hawks/Ben Hecht movie, it's not only early evidence of Sirk's genius for space and light and shadow, but also a highly sophisticated and perverse rendition of the Pygmalion theme. It's a measure of Sirk's genius that the characters, though formulaic, spring to life as in a Greek tragedy
or a Raoul Walsh, CB de Mille etc. movie- through the sheer strength
of stereotype. Here, as elsewhere, Sirk is a bit like Frank Sinatra: cool and detached on surface, but revealing underneath the filth and the fury ;> I saw it today (6APR07) at the Film Forum NYC and it blew me away. Someone release it in DVD fast, it's an (to my knowledge) unsung masterpiece.
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