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He Stayed for Breakfast (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 10 January 1941 (Sweden)
In Paris, the estranged wife of a wealthy banker hides a fiery communist fugitive in her apartment.

Director:

Alexander Hall

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P.J. Wolfson (screenplay), Ernest Vajda (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Loretta Young ... Marianne Duval
Melvyn Douglas ... Paul Boliet
Alan Marshal ... Andre Dorlay
Eugene Pallette ... Maurice Duval
Una O'Connor ... Doreta
Curt Bois ... Comrade Tronavich
Leonid Kinskey ... Comrade Nicky
Trevor Bardette ... Police Lieutenant
Grady Sutton ... Salesman
Frank Sully ... Butcher
Evelyn Young Evelyn Young ... Secretary
Ethelreda Leopold ... Secretary
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In Paris, the estranged wife of a wealthy banker hides a fiery communist fugitive in her apartment.

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She Was So Darned Alluring And He Had That Gleam In His Eye ! - Meet the Merriest Mad Man That Ever Barged Into a Lady's Boudoir ! See more »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1941 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Café para Dois See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Doreta: Madame, there's an Indian in the apartment!
Marianna Duval: Well, you needn't be so frightened. He's not an Indian. He's only an assassin.
Doreta: Madame, I'm very tolerant of the manner in which my employers amuse themselves. But when they start filling their apartments with naked assassins - I give my notice.
Marianna Duval: Use your head, Doreta. He's the fake policeman of last night.
Paul Boliet: [enters wearing a blanket and looks out of window] The police still have the block surrounded, I'll have to stay.
Marianna Duval: There, you see, Doreta. He has to ...
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good, fun comedy
4 November 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Loretta Young, Melvin Douglas, Alan Marshal, and Eugene Palette star in "He Stayed for Breakfast," a comedy from 1940.

This has been described as the reverse of Ninotchka. In this story, luminous, beautiful, exquisitely dressed Loretta Young is married to but separated from the wealthy Maurice (Pallette). We assume she married him for money. She is being courted not only by her husband but by another man, Andre (Marshal).

A rabble-rousing communist, Paul Boliet (Douglas) uses her home as a hideout since the police are outside. With the police searching and suitors visiting, chaos ensues. But she's not anxious for him to leave.

Very cute comedy with Young wearing a dazzling assortment of gowns. She's also quite sexy in this. Douglas is great as a speech-giving commie who can't wait for the revolution.

The film takes place in France. Back then so many of the films were set in locations out of the country although they were filmed in studios. I thought this film was delightful. And it's nice to remember things like formal wear.


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