A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter have romantic and dramatic adventures in Europe as World War II begins.A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter have romantic and dramatic adventures in Europe as World War II begins.A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter have romantic and dramatic adventures in Europe as World War II begins.
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. —Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Doesn't fulfill its promise
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.
- Jul 29, 2017
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