A business tycoon decides to wed a Middle Eastern princess whose customs dictate the pair must live apart for several months before marrying; even more complications settle in when the tycoon's ex-fiancée is assigned to chaperone the pair.
Artist Jimmy Hudson (Cary Grant) is stuck in Mexico unable to pay his hotel bill. Meanwhile, Louise Fuller (Grace Moore) opera singer is stuck in the same town unable to return to the US ... See full summary »
When Charlie Mason is promoted from irresponsible reporter to hard-nosed city editor, it costs him his girlfriend, ace reporter Rusty Fleming. After he hears she's engaged to another, he quits and tries to win her back.
At the start of WWII, Katie O'Hara, an American burlesque girl intent on social climbing, marries Austrian Baron Von Luber. Pat O'Toole, an American radio reporter, sees this as a chance to investigate Von Luber, who is suspected of having Nazi ties. As country after country falls to the Nazis, O'Tool follows O'Hara across Europe. At first he is after a story, but he gradually falls in love with her. When she learns that her husband is indeed a Nazi, O'Hara fakes her death and runs off with O'Toole. In Paris, she is recruited to spy for the allies; he uses a radio broadcast to make Von Luber and the Nazis look like fools.Written by
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RKO's advertising top-billed Cary Grant east of the Missisippi, but Ginger Rogers rated first west of the Mississippi. See more »
While the Baron is interrogating Ms. O'Hara at the hotel in Paris (after the photographer is killed and she's arrested), the cross suspended from the Baron's neck disappears and reappears between shots. See more »
Patrick 'Pat' O'Toole:
I don't mind doing the broadcasting, but I'll never forgive you for making a spy out of O'Hara. Boy! I've heard everything. Mata O'Hara. Mata O'Hara. She couldn't spy her way through a knothole.
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This is an odd movie for several reasons. First, it stars Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers--a combination that just didn't seem to work very well. Second, despite Hollywood formula, Ginger marries another man towards the beginning of the film and later runs off with Grant when she finally realizes he's a no-good Nazi shnook! The problem, though, is that the film just seemed pretty limp and Ginger's overwrought acting didn't seem to help. It was a movie clearly intended to boost the war effort, but just didn't seem to gel into a coherent or even semi-believable film. All-in-all, one of the few misfires of Cary Grant's career and a film well worth skipping and only for his devoted fans.
By the way, for a good laugh, look at the shots of the ship crossing the sea. It's VERY clearly a model--which is odd, considering that it was a big-budget RKO film. I laughed especially hard when, at the end, the boat turns in a radius NARROWER than my car!! Talk about crappy special effects!!
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