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Two-Faced Woman (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 2 March 1942 (UK)
After a ski instructor catches her husband flirting with an old flame, she decides to pose as her (fictitious) twin sister in an attempt to keep him faithful.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

S.N. Behrman (original screenplay), Salka Viertel (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Karin Blake
Melvyn Douglas ... Larry Blake
Constance Bennett ... Griselda Vaughn
Roland Young ... O.O. Miller
Robert Sterling ... Dick Williams
Ruth Gordon ... Miss Ellis
Frances Carson Frances Carson ... Miss Dunbar
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Storyline

While at a ski lodge, Larry Blake sees instructor Karin Borg and decides to sign up for private lessons. The next thing he knows, she is Mrs. Blake. When he announces that he is going back to work on his magazine in New York the next day, Karin refuses to go with him. She later comes to New York, buys expensive clothes, and goes to meet him when she sees he is with old flame Griselda. Caught by Blake's business partner, O.O. Miller, before she can leave, she explains that she is really Karin's twin sister Katherine. Hard to believe, but that is what she tries to make everyone, including Larry, believe. Larry, however, has serious doubts, but plays the game to the hilt as the worldly Katherine tries to take him away from both Griselda and Karin. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Twins See more »

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Budget:

$1,247,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Third and final pairing of Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas, the other two films being As You Desire Me (1932) and Ninotchka (1939). See more »

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Quotes

Katherine Borg: I'm beyond the point where young men interest me.
O.O. Miller: Go home, Dickie. You're underage.
Dick Williams: Well, I'll wear a beard. I'll look like Santa Claus.
Katherine Borg: Why don't you just play Santa Claus. You don't have to look like him.
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Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Roni
Danced by Greta Garbo, Robert Alton and chorus of nightclub patrons
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Garbo Gets Plastered And Rumbas
18 September 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Two Faced Woman became the unexpected swan song for screen legend Greta Garbo. Though her reasons for retirement had to do with the umbrage she took at getting less than stellar reviews for this comedy, still I've always respected that she made her retirement stick for 49 years and kept her legend and image intact.

Garbo's a Swedish ski instructor who lands magazine executive Melvyn Douglas on a skiing vacation. But away from the winter wonderland, Garbo's not being quite the wife Douglas expected.

Catching Douglas in a compromising position with former flame Constance Bennett, sends Greta on the warpath. She concocts a plan to masquerade as her twin sister, her more glamorous and sexy twin. Suffice it to say, she confuses the rest of the cast for almost the rest of the film.

Garbo's playing a role better suited to such comedy veterans as Myrna Loy or Irene Dunne. Still she gets a few laughs in, getting plastered and doing a mean rumba. And she certainly puts Constance Bennett down quite nicely.

Still Greta was miscast and the film gets less than stellar reviews from the critics at the time and from me. But the legend lives on.


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