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Ninotchka (1939)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 23 November 1939 (USA)
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A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Charles Brackett (screen play), Billy Wilder (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Nina Ivanovna Yakushova aka Ninotchka
Melvyn Douglas ... Count Leon d'Algout
Ina Claire ... Grand Duchess Swana
Bela Lugosi ... Commissar Razinin
Sig Ruman ... Comrade Iranoff (as Sig Rumann)
Felix Bressart ... Comrade Buljanoff
Alexander Granach ... Comrade Kopalski
Gregory Gaye ... Count Alexis Rakonin
Rolfe Sedan Rolfe Sedan ... Hotel Manager
Edwin Maxwell ... Mercier
Richard Carle ... Gaston
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Storyline

Only the royal suite at the grandest hotel in Paris has a safe large enough for the jewels of the Grand Duchess Swana. So the three Russians who have come to sell the jewels settle into the suite until a higher ranking official is dispatched to find out what is delaying the sale. She is Ninotchka, a no nonsense woman who fascinates Count Leon who had been the faithful retainer of the Grand Duchess. The Grand Duchess will give up all claim to the jewels if Ninotchka will fly away from the count. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Taglines:

"It's only human to kiss!" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ninotchka See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,365,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Friday 2 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Seattle 6 December 1956 on KING (Channel 5), by Philadelphia 18 January 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) , by both Chicago and Altoona PA 9 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2) and WFBG (Channel 10), and by New York City 5 March 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Minneapolis it first aired 7 November 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11) and in San Francisco 21 May 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

When the Russians are trying to kiss Leon, Felix Bressart's pince-nez falls off, but in the next shot it's back on his nose. See more »

Quotes

Swana: The morning after always looks grim if you happen to be wearing last night's dress.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in Warner at War (2008) See more »

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L'Internationale
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Music by Pierre De Geyter
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Greta Garbo as Secret "Cold War" Weapon
8 February 2005 | by brucepantages-1See all my reviews

Ninotchka has been making a hit with audiences since she hit the screen in 1939. A fascinating, yet little known, "second life" of the film was played out during the Italian Elections of 1947-48. The U.S. was most anxious that the Communists not be elected and pulled out all the stops to prevent it. One was to approach MGM and request prints of Ninotchka - to be shown widely to working class audiences in Italy. Since no 16mm prints of the film yet existed, MGM Labs did "print downs" from the original nitrate negative. The resulting prints are astonishingly beautiful (I have one) and they estimate five million Italians viewed it and other propaganda films each week before the elections - in spite of the efforts of the Communists to prevent its showing. One pro-Communist worker said afterward "What licked us was Ninotchka!" (See "Killing Hope" by William Blum). To paraphrase Carl Denham in King Kong, once again "Beauty Killed The Beast!"


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