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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 opening sequence, from shot to shot, there is complete lack of consistency as to which leg Cary Grant has crossed over the other. See more »
[Pointing at a globe]
Here is Bukistan.
Oh, I know, I have been there.
Here is the United States.
Yes, yes, I have been there too.
We have just *one* thing in common. Oil! Every plan we make for peace or war depends on that oil.
I don't have to tell you what happened in Iran. Half the free world had to learn how to pronounce the name Mosadegh.
I still can't.
The same thing is happening again, only this time there will a lot of new names to learn. And the only way to...
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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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