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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).

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Complete credited cast:
... Countess Tanya Vronsky (as Zorina)
... Paul Vernay
... Andre Desormeaux (as Erich Von Stroheim)
... Polo
... Herr Protz (as Sig Rumann)
... Henri Gautier
... Aunt Cecile
Anthony Kemble-Cooper ... Cousin Emil (as Anthony Kemple Cooper)
... Fisherman
Inez Palange ... Fisherman's Wife
Egon Brecher ... Jacques Dubois
Roger Imhof ... Henrich Von Korgen
Rolfe Sedan ... Waiter
... Waiter
... Orchestra Leader
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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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10 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sedutora Aventureira  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 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
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Polo and Andre--what might have been!
6 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Lubitsch lite" might be the best description of this beguiling romantic comedy. Its charm relies to a surprising extent on the effervescent chemistry between its two male stars, Peter Lorre and Erich von Stroheim. These are not the most likely of sidekicks, but you'd be surprised how deftly these two play off one another, like a Mittel European Laurel and Hardy, as the cherubic kleptomaniac Polo (Lorre) and his sly con-artist buddy Andre (Stroheim). It's easy to imagine a series of comedy adventures based on Polo and Andre--actually, Stroheim and Lorre make a more entertaining duo than Lorre and Greenstreet. The lovely Zorina keeps up with them beautifully, as well as delivering a very photogenic performance in the "Swan Lake" ballet sequence (choreographed by her husband, George Balanchine) which anticipates "The Red Shoes" in its dynamically cinematic, semi-surreal style.


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