6.9/10
166
9 user 1 critic

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 »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An aspiring reporter is the key witness at the murder trial of a young man accused of cutting a café owner's throat and is soon accused of a similar crime himself.

Director: Boris Ingster
Stars: Peter Lorre, John McGuire, Margaret Tallichet
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Undercover agent Mark Sheldon gets paroled to a remote tropical island with a diamond mine manned by slave labor run by sadistic Stephen Danel.

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson, Robert Wilcox
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A disfigured watchmaker with a grudge against society embarks on a life of crime.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Peter Lorre, Evelyn Keyes, Don Beddoe
Comedy | Horror | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The manager of Kay Kyser's band books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky mansion, where sinister forces try to kill her.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Kay Kyser, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Peggy and her friend Millie are strolling down Broadway while Jimmy and Mac are trolling Broadway, and the four get together. Jimmy and Peggy get together in many romantic ways and Peggy ... See full summary »

Directors: Alan Crosland, Erich von Stroheim, and 2 more credits »
Stars: James Dunn, Zasu Pitts, Boots Mallory
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

First screen version of the popular radio series, followed by two sequels.

Director: William Morgan
Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Florence Rice, Peter Lorre
Lancer Spy (1937)
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An Englishman impersonates an imprisoned German officer and "returns" to Germany to become a national hero. A female German spy is assigned to check him out but falls in love with him.

Director: Gregory Ratoff
Stars: Dolores del Rio, George Sanders, Peter Lorre
Crack-Up (1936)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Colonel Gimpy heads a spy organization trying to get the plans for a new airplane. Test pilot Ace Martin agrees to help.

Director: Malcolm St. Clair
Stars: Peter Lorre, Brian Donlevy, Helen Wood
Secret Agent (1936)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After three British Agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: John Gielgud, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Story about three German refugees during World War II who are always hiding, always in fear of deportation.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Fredric March, Margaret Sullavan, Frances Dee
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After saving a tramp from suicide, a millionaire takes his clothing and disappears. Word is out that he will give a million dollars to anyone who is kind of a tramp.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Warner Baxter, Marjorie Weaver, Peter Lorre
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Disguised as an Austrian archaeologist, Moto helps unearth the priceless crown of the legendary Queen of Sheba and sans disguise defends it from a variety of thugs and criminals.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Peter Lorre, Joseph Schildkraut, Lionel Atwill
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

Andre Desormeaux: [already seated outside café as Polo sits down]
[Looking intently at Polo's feet]
Andre Desormeaux: No luck huh? You have tramped all over Paris from the Port de la Villette to Montrouge and found no trace of her.
Polo: Yes, that's right. Oh, I've covered all the ballet schools. But how did you know?
Andre Desormeaux: Your feet! Those ugly, tired peasant feet. They tell me the story. You see, I studied hands and feet. I can read them like you can read a book... if you could read.
Polo: Oh, but I can read.
Andre Desormeaux: Of course, you can. You can read words...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Remake of J'étais une aventurière (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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sophisticated, witty, wonderful
24 March 2002 | by WeaselWoman13See all my reviews

It's such a pity that this charming film is so difficult to find. It's one of the many wonderful classic films that should be available on video, but seems to have been regrettably tossed aside.

Funny and sophisticated, it never ceases to make me laugh. Peter Lorre and Erich von Stroheim are a perfect pairing. After seeing this, Stroheim became my other favorite actor, next to Peter Lorre. They're both such great actors (my two favorites, actually), and they work together splendidly and comically. Really, there should have been so many more movies starring this duo of striking, charming gentlemen.

Vera Zorina, as the female accomplice to the two crooks, and Richard Greene, as an upperclass man she falls in love with, are both quite good as well. I recommend it to anyone who's lucky enough to get a chance to see it.

It's one of the few times that Peter Lorre gets to play a character who is funny, cute, sweet - someone the audience, and the characters in the movie, are supposed to love. Sure, he's a kleptomaniac, but he can't really help it -- no one, besides the ill tempered Andre, can stay angry at him for long. (In one of the final scenes, Paul Vernay, Richard Greene's character, can't help but grin and laugh to himself as he realizes the charming kleptomaniac has acquired most of his possessions once again.)

I give this witty film a well-deserved 10/10.


23 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed