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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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Complete credited cast:
Joan Fisk
Sgt. Danny Sullivan
Mrs. Cartwright
Senator Jonathan Cartwright
Cpl. Al O'Connor
Prince Nicholas Obelski
Ambassador William Fisk
Minor Watson ...
Gen. Andrew Harvey


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


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

26 July 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Filha do Embaixador  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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2.55 : 1
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Last feature film of Minor Watson. See more »


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Mrs. Cartwright: You're not still blaming him, I hope.
Joan Fisk: He shouldn't have thought me capable of that.
Mrs. Cartwright: Have a heart, girl. He's a man, not an x-ray machine! What are you gonna do about him?
Joan Fisk: Nothing.
Mrs. Cartwright: Pride's a wonderful thing, but it doesn't warm you on a cold, wintry night.
Joan Fisk: I have an electric blanket.
Mrs. Cartwright: ...It won't be the father of your children.
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L'Âme des Poètes
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Paulette Rollin
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Nothing memorable
15 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was released in 1956, right in the middle of Hollywood's decade-long fascination with Paris. It was a fascination ignited by the critical and financial success of An American in Paris (MGM 1951), and then stoked by such films as

April in Paris ( Warner Bros. 1952), Moulin Rouge (20th Century Fox 1952), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (20th Century Fox 1954), The Last Time I Saw Paris (MGM 1954), Sabrina (Paramount 1954), Funny Face (Paramount 1957), The Sun Also Rises (20th Century Fox 1957), Love in the Afternoon (United Artists 1957), Gigi (MGM 1958), Paris Holiday (Tolda 1958), Can Can (20th Century Fox 1960), Paris Blues (Pennebaker 1961), Charade (Universal 1963), Irma la douce (MGM 1963), A New Kind of Love (Paramount 1963), Paris When it Sizzles (1964).

Unfortunately, this movie adds nothing to that generally very distinguished and successful list. (Paris Holiday is a bomb, yes.)

Others have recounted the plot, so I won't repeat that. Since this movie is about a group of non-Parisians living in Paris, it never really engages with its setting. It could just as soon have taken place in Vienna, or Rome, or ...

Little thought seems to have been put into the production. The plot is worked out at the end, which takes place in the iconographic Garnier Opera House during a performance of Swan Lake. With a wealth of operas and ballets from which to choose, Krasna picked the Tchaikovsky warhorse for no apparent reason, because he makes no effort to tie what is going on on stage to what is going on in the boxes and corridors (the plot, such as it is).

There's nothing really wrong with this movie, it's just that it's not very interesting. A cast this good should have been given a far better script.

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