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I Was an Adventuress (1940)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 10 May 1940 (USA)
A pair of crooks (von Stroheim and Lorre) use a phony countess (Zorina) who winds up falling in love with one of their victims (Greene).

Director:

Gregory Ratoff

Writers:

Karl Tunberg (screen play), Don Ettlinger (screen play) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vera Zorina ... Countess Tanya Vronsky (as Zorina)
Richard Greene ... Paul Vernay
Erich von Stroheim ... Andre Desormeaux (as Erich Von Stroheim)
Peter Lorre ... Polo
Sig Ruman ... Herr Protz (as Sig Rumann)
Fritz Feld ... Henri Gautier
Cora Witherspoon ... Aunt Cecile
Anthony Kemble-Cooper Anthony Kemble-Cooper ... Cousin Emil (as Anthony Kemple Cooper)
Paul Porcasi ... Fisherman
Inez Palange Inez Palange ... Fisherman's Wife
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Jacques Dubois
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... Henrich Von Korgen
Rolfe Sedan Rolfe Sedan ... Waiter
Eddie Conrad ... Waiter
Fortunio Bonanova ... Orchestra Leader
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Storyline

Andre Desormeaux, master con artist and jewel thief, has been very successful with his partners, light-fingered Polo and beautiful lure "Countess" Tanya Vronsky. But Tanya falls in love with one of their victims, resigns from the team, and (despite Andre's warning) marries rich young Paul Vernay...for love. Inevitably, Andre and Polo reappear in her life. Can Tanya outwit the master schemer? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sedutora Aventureira See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Electrician Jack Lorenz was killed when he fell from a 30-foot high catwalk while lighting a scene for the film. See more »

Quotes

Countess Tanya Vronsky: I'm Countess Vronsky. I've heard the malicious gossip you've been spreading about me, Monsieur Duval
[slaps his face]
Countess Tanya Vronsky: I've warned you...
Paul Vernay: [grabs her arm] Just a minute. You've made a slight mistake... you see I'm not Monsieur Duval.
Countess Tanya Vronsky: You're not Monsieur Duval?
Paul Vernay: No. I'm not.
Countess Tanya Vronsky: Oh, I'm terribly sorry
Paul Vernay: I wish I were... so I could slap you right back!
Countess Tanya Vronsky: I said I was sorry, Monsieur. I will do anything to make amends.
Paul Vernay: Very well, then please stay out of my sight.
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Remake of I Was an Adventuress (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Swan Lake, Op.20
(1877) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts played at the ballet and danced by Vera Zorina, Lew Christensen and Charles Laskey
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Charming film
12 June 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Actor/director/writer Gregory Ratoff often did Lubitsch-like films -"Cafe Metropole" is one and this one, 1940's "I Was an Adventuress" is another. Light and delightful, the film stars Vera Zorina, Eric von Stroheim, Richard Greene and Peter Lorre. Zorina, Stroheim and Lorre are partners in crime - practicing the old bait and switch of the fake necklace that someone says is not fake after all but worth a fortune. The targeted sucker overhears the conversation and buys what he thinks is a real necklace from the unsuspecting woman. He pays way too much for a fake but not as much as the sale price of the real thing. Of course, when he tries to sell it, he's told it's a fake, but the thieves have left town.

All goes well until Tanya (Zorina), posing as Countess Vronsky, meets handsome, charming Paul Vernay, whom she attempts to set up for a con but ends up falling in love with him. She breaks with Polo (Lorre) and Andre (von Stroheim), marries Vernay and takes up her ballet career again. After several months, Polo and Andre need her to return, but they can't find her. When they do, Andre moves in for a shakedown.

This film is lots of fun all the way with some marvelous performances. Von Stroheim and Lorre make a great team - one, Teutonic and committed, the other, an apologetic kleptomaniac with a heart. Zorina certainly had one of the most interesting faces in film, beautiful yet strong, and she's wonderful as Tanya. Her dancing was lovely, with the exception of her very distracting arms.

Richard Greene was getting the big star buildup at 20th Century Fox when war was declared in Europe, and he returned to England to serve his country. Handsome with a to-die for accent, he just might have given Tyrone Power a run for his money, at least in some of the lighter roles, as I suspect he didn't have a large range. As it was, Greene became best known in this country for his TV series "Robin Hood." Here he exhibits warmth and sophistication as Paul Vernay.

Look for this film on Fox Movie Channel - you won't be sorry.


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