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Clemson Reade, a business tycoon with marriage on his mind, and Effie, a U.S. diplomat, are a modern couple. Unfortunately there seems to be too much business and not enough pleasure on the part of Effie. When Clemson meets Tarji, a princess trained in all the arts of pleasing men, he decides he wants an old fashioned girl. Princess Tarji's father is king of oil-rich Bukistan. Because of the oil situation and to maintain good political relations during the courtship between Clemson & Tarji, the State Department assigns a diplomat to maintain protocol until the wedding. Effie! Written by
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After making this film Cary Grant announced his retirement from acting in February 1953. However, 18 months later he agreed to return to acting in To Catch a Thief (1955). See more »
In the scene where Effie is served Arak by the Khan, she is informed that it is a wine made from rice. In fact, Arak is an liquorice-flavored liquor made from distilled late-harvest grapes mixed with aniseed. See more »
We haven't been able to make a definite plan since we met.
Well, we went to Vermont for two weeks.
Yes. Yes, that's right. To her grandfather's farm. For two wonderful relaxing weeks in glorious Vermont.
Tim'll be there in September.
We spent *one* day there. She had to leave to take care of the crisis in Sahara; some of the sand was missing.
Well, you stayed on.
With grandfather. It wasn't the same thing.
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dated movie is a window into post-War, 50s culture
This film is a fascinating look at our culture's post WWII attitude towards women and the Middle East. The movie showcases the big message of get-the-women-back-into-the-kitchen that followed the War. As for our attitude towards Islamic peoples, it IS all about oil as far as our government in this film is concerned. The rulers are fabulously wealthy and exotic, the portrayal of them and their customs betray Hollywood's gross ignorance of the peoples and the religion. The princess' dance (seductive and Martha Grahamish) in the opening scene says it all. The women in the court all wear short sleeves. No one bothered to find out anything about the religion, it would seem. The behavior of the 'Bakistanis' is made up only to create comic moments, no matter how inaccurate, unseemly or unrealistic.
The plot is silly and implausible, but it's fun to watch Grant and Kerr in their first on screen performance.
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