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another fine comedy to see!!

by arthurharoldk@verizion.net on 7/23/2008

great acting,great comedy keeps your attention.

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Product Overview

A showgirl poses as a 'countess' and lives it up with the rich as she hides her true identity.


Studio Universal
SKU 206782291
UPC 025193312921
UPC 14 00025193312921
Format DVD
Release Date 4/22/2008
Rating NR
Love Story
Scams And Cons
Switching Roles
Editors Note
Note A Parisian dancer (Colbert) works her way into French high society by posing as a Hungarian countess. Asked by a wealthy noble to lure a gigolo away from his wife, she soon is given some nice rewards, all the while loved from afar by a cab driver who knows her true identity.
Plot Summary
Summary Claudette Colbert heads a star-studded cast in this frothy romantic comedy.| Showgirl Eve Peabody finds herself alone in Paris until she meets Tibor Czerny, a handsome cabbie. She forgoes a potential fling with Tibor in order to take a curious job for a wealthy man, Georges Flammarion. | Given a lavish wardrobe and a penthouse, Eve is assigned the task of winning the affections of Jacques Picotn, a lady-killer who had previously been wooing Mrs. Flammarion.| Eventually, this cast of colorful characters travels to Versailles, where Georges owns a chateau. Now Eve has a chance to show her dancing talents, and Georges and his wife have an opportunity to rekindle the embers of their marriage.| One thing Eve has not counted on, however, is the taxi driver who has been saving his heart just for her!
Entertainment Weekly "...Classic farce..." -- Rating: B 08/09/1996 p.68
USA Today "...John Barrymore paces the cast in laughs..." 03/31/1995 p.3D
Mitchell Leisen
Don Ameche
Claudette Colbert
Cast & Crew
Arthur Hornblow, Jr. - Producer
Billy Wilder - Screenplay
Charles Brackett - Screenplay
Charles Lang - Cinematographer
Claudette Colbert - Actor
Doane Harrison - Editor
Don Ameche - Actor
Edwin Justus Mayer - Based On Story By
Franz Schulz - Based On Story By
Frederick Hollander - Original Music By
Hans Dreier - Art Director
John Barrymore - Actor
Mary Astor - Actor
Mitchell Leisen - Director
Robert Usher - Art Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1939
Catalog ID 61033129
UPC 00025193312921
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource Variety
Review Story [from one by Edwin Justus Mayer and Franz Schulz] is light, but with a good share of humorous moments, many of them of the screwball variety. It's a slender thread, however, on which to tie series of incidents in adventures of a stranded showgirl in Paris...After a flirtation with Don Ameche, Claudette Colbert crashes a musicale and poses as a countess. This leads to job for John Barrymore, in which she is to attract the amorous attentions of Francis Lederer away from Barrymore's wife, Mary Astor. For her assignment, Colbert is provided with elaborate wardrobe and a hotel suite...Direction by Mitchell Leisen is generally satisfactory, although picture is slow in getting under way and has several spots that could be tightened. Editing shows sketchiness in several instances.
ReviewRating 7
DVD, English, French, Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Derek Adams, Time Out ...a superbly malicious script by Brackett and Wilder, gorgeous sets and camerawork, and a matchless cast.
TV Guide's Movie Guide An extremely witty, well-paced comedy which plays beautifully today.

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another fine comedy to see!! by arthurharoldk@verizion.net on Jul 23, 2008