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Release Date:
18 July 1957 (USA) See more »
BIG BOUNCY BEAUTIFUL! (original print ad - all caps)
A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Now on DVD - CinemaScope once more! See more (41 total) »


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Fred Astaire ... Steve Canfield

Cyd Charisse ... Ninotchka Yoschenko

Janis Paige ... Peggy Dayton

Peter Lorre ... Brankov, Commisar

George Tobias ... Vassili Markovitch, Commisar of Art
Jules Munshin ... Bibinski, Commisar
Joseph Buloff ... Ivanov, Commisar
Wim Sonneveld ... Peter Ilyitch Boroff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tybee Afra ... Fifi (uncredited)
Frank Arnold ... Soviet Guard (uncredited)
Belita ... Vera (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tybee Brascia ... Dancer Fifi (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Reporter (uncredited)
Peter Camlin ... Hotel Porter (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Gabrielle (uncredited)
Lilyan Chauvin ... Sonia (uncredited)
Gregory Gaye ... Soviet Civilian (uncredited)
Bruce Hoy ... Dancer (uncredited)
Zoia Karabanova ... Mrs. Volotoff (uncredited)
Joan Maloney ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Mr. Volotoff (uncredited)
June McCall ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
Michael Panaieff ... Choreographer (uncredited)
Howard Parker ... Dancer (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Leonid Snegoff ... Former Commissar of Art (uncredited)
Ivan Triesault ... Russian Embassy Official (uncredited)
Betty Uitti ... Suzette (uncredited)
Kaaren Verne ... Postwoman (uncredited)
Florence Wyatt ... Madame Fabour (uncredited)

Directed by
Rouben Mamoulian 
Writing credits
Melchior Lengyel (book "Ninotchka")

George S. Kaufman (play) and
Leueen MacGrath (play) and
Abe Burrows (play)

Leonard Gershe (screenplay) and
Leonard Spigelgass (screenplay)

Harry Kurnitz  uncredited

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert J. Bronner (director of photography) (as Robert Bronner)
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
Art Direction by
Randall Duell 
William A. Horning 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt 
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Music Department
Skip Martin .... additional orchestrator
André Previn .... conductor
André Previn .... music supervisor
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Lela Simone .... music coordinator
Robert Tucker .... vocal supervisor
Albert Woodbury .... additional orchestrator (as Al Woodbury)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
André Previn .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Cy Feuer .... stage producer
Eugene Loring .... choreographer
Ernest H. Martin .... stage producer
Hermes Pan .... choreographer
Angela Blue .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
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117 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo | Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Cole Porter's original lyrics were slightly bowdlerized for the movie. For example, Astaire sings a line in "Stereophonic Sound" about how audiences don't want to see a kiss "unless her lips are scarlet/and her mouth is five feet wide." In the original Broadway musical, the lyrics were "unless her lips are scarlet/and her bosom's five feet wide."See more »
Continuity: When Peggy Dainton first gets off the plane in Paris, she is handed the same bouquet of red roses twice.See more »
Ninotchka Yoschenko:In Russia when somebody wants someone they say, "You, come here."
Steve Canfield:Oh, you mad romantic Russians!
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References Lassie Come Home (1943)See more »
Fated to Be MatedSee more »


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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Now on DVD - CinemaScope once more!, 30 April 2003
Author: Greg Couture from Portland, Oregon

Like so many films produced in the mid- to late Fifties and early Sixties, when CinemaScope and other widescreen processes enhanced a production, directors and cinematographers were usually unafraid to take full advantage of the wider ratio. They weren't so concerned about how the final product would look on TV's square screens and probably didn't anticipate the visual desecration of "formatting" and "pan-and-scan" reductions. So it's nice to know that this musical, filmed when M-G-M was about to throw in the musical towel and bid an undeserved farewell to the Arthur Freed "unit," can now be enjoyed again close to its original theatrical aspect ratio on DVD.

Astaire and Charisse are a team to be treasured (so wonderful together in "The Band Wagon" a few years earlier, under Minnelli's astute guidance) and all of the others listed in this film's credits are professionals of the highest caliber. Astaire has a fun solo (with a chorus of top-hatted dancers) in the "Ritz Roll 'n' Rock" number; Cyd gets to put those legendary legs to dazzlingly opulent use in the "Red Blues" production show-stopper; and even Janis Paige gets to raunch it up in an amusing example of clever Cole Porter risking something risqué (for its day) in a song about the Empress Josephine, "commonly known as Jo"! And there's that first reel number, "Stere-oh-phonic Sound," that cleverly spoofs the contemporary moviemakers' attempts to lure people from their TV sets with widescreens, sound coming from every corner of the auditorium and eye-glazing color processes. It may not be prime Porter but it's all far-and-away more fun and enjoyable than anything we're likely to get today with the threatened revival of the movie musical with barbarians like Baz Luhrmann given the directorial reins.

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