A wealthy banker throws his wife's expensive fur coat off the roof of a building; it lands on the head of a stenographer, leading to everyone assuming she is his mistress and has access to his millions.
In 1939, American Tom Martin, who fought in the Spanish Civil War, awaits execution at the hands of the Fascist victors when reporter Augusta 'Gusto' Nash, for a scoop, aids him in an audacious escape. Of course, Tom tries to romance Gusto; but though she likes him, her career comes first, and Tom himself prefers freedom-fighting to settling down. Comedy becomes drama as their mixed feelings lead them on a circuitous path through the deepening chaos and catastrophe of the early days of World War II.Written by
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Mitchell Leisen insisted that the stars drink real alcohol in the scene where Ray Milland tries to get Claudette Colbert drunk. The director concocted what Milland termed a "ghastly mixture" of creme de menthe and champagne. According to Milland, they got it right on the third take, but Leisen insisted on a fourth. Milland was able to stagger away, but Colbert and Walter Abel were so drunk that the studio ambulance had to take them home. See more »
When Walter Abel tells Claudette Colbert that she has got a new assignment in Berlin and she is told she is going in 3 days time on Saturday, she receives a cable dated September 1st, 1939, from Ray Milland. September 1st, 1939, was a Friday. See more »
As a fan of Colbert as I was looking forward to watching what she described as "her favourite film"!.Though it starts well enough ,the writing ,plot and characters don't fully convince.Though in real life Colbert and Milland were very attracted to each other ,it doesn't feel that way in the film. As someone else has commented there is too much talking .Sometimes a surreptitious glance or a nervous laugh can express a depth of love that all the "I love yous "in the world fail to match. Colbert obviously remembered this film with great affection,possibly because of her dalliance with Milland and because of its propaganda use in the war effort-the Germans had invaded her country of birth . Colbert does well within the confines of the script ,but for one scene (when she rings her boss after the sinking of her boat)it is routine for this accomplished actress. In fairness the writers predictions in the final scenes about the Third Reich failing were spot on.
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