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The Ambassador's Daughter (1956)

Joan Fisk, daughter of the American ambassador to France, is bored with entertaining the wives of visiting V.I.P.s and decides to conduct an experiment. She accepts a date with an American ... See full summary »

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Prince Nicholas Obelski
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Joan Fisk, daughter of the American ambassador to France, is bored with entertaining the wives of visiting V.I.P.s and decides to conduct an experiment. She accepts a date with an American G.I. and tries to prove to her father and his friends that not all soldiers are wolves. But by the end of their first date, when wine, music and the young man's charms have swept her off her feet, she realizes that she may have won more than the bet. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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A gay, bubbly magnum of fun filmed in Paris and served to you in Technicolor and CinemaScope

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26 July 1956 (USA)  »

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A Filha do Embaixador  »

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2.55 : 1
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By their shoulder patches, Danny and Al are with the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division. It was headquartered at Franfurt, Germany, as part of the U.S. commitment to NATO from May, 1951 to May, 1956. See more »

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The Senator's wife stated her husband was a "boy wonder" elected to the Senate at age 28. The Constitution requires a minimum age of 30. See more »

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Mrs. Cartwright: Of course there's always the possibility, choir boy or not, that you'll have to beat him off with a stick. If you feel you can't handle it...
Joan Fisk: With my hands tied behind my back.
Mrs. Cartwright: I wouldn't try it that way, my dear. I'll tell you a sad story some day.
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L'Âme des Poètes
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Paulette Rollin
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Norman Krasna's Lovely Touch; a Postwar Romance to Cherish
22 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

It is certainly not true that because a film has as its central character a female protagonist that it must be a "woman's picture". But in an era when the novel market in cheap-minded fiction seems hopelessly divided between mindless male violent thrillers and mindless female Gothic romanciful fantasies, the viewer must expect this debate to spill over into films. Fortunately for moviegoers, as late as the 1950s, films such as "The Ambassador's Daughter" were still being made and these were films with enough realistic characters, intelligent dialogue and interesting action to please adult viewers. This is a very fine script indeed by veteran writer-director Norman Krasna. It was directed very ably and beautifully mounted. The noteworthy cast included Edward Arnold, Myrna Loy, Adolph Menjou, Frances Lederer, Tommy Noonan plus Olivia de Havilland and John Forsythe as the romantic leads. The setting is postwar Paris, and the sets are beautiful to behold. This is a film about upper crust folk; and as such we are treated to costumes by Christian Dior, impeccable lighting and gorgeous art direction. But the fact that these are members of the wealthy set does not stop the scriptwriters from devising lively and challenging involvements for all. The very good idea for the story involves de Havvilland trying to prove to her ambassador father, professionally and personally worried about such matters, that all French-based American soldiers are not "wolves". She picks on Forsythe to prove her point--and discovers she may have picked too well for her own safety, since she finds herself falling for the shy G.I. Arnold and Loy are particularly good, Menjou is his usual charming self; and de Havilland is superb. Only Forsythe seems a bit low-voltage, as he sometimes did early in his career, before "The Trouble With Harry". The film's technical elements, such as lighting, sets, art direction and all else provide the usual first-rate MGM realization. The color is lovely as well, adding to the gemlike quality of this underrated and very intelligent comedy. In an era devoted to Medieval character flaws, misbehaviors and irresponsible folk floundering in a sea of surrealistic bad writing and worse thinking, this earlier work stands out as a cinematic delight, one to be watched many times over.


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