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An enchanting comedy which starts with Colbert, as an American chorine on the make, stranded in Paris in a gold lamé evening gown (what else?). She is befriended on the one hand by a poor taxi-driver who is really a Russian count (Ameche), and on the other by a wealthy socialite (Barrymore) who 'introduces' her to society so that she can oblige by luring a gigolo away from his wife. Uncanny coincidental parallels with La Règle du Jeu abound, and although the film echoes Renoir's bark more than his bite, it has a superbly malicious script by Brackett and Wilder, gorgeous sets and camerawork, and a matchless cast. All in all, probably Leisen's best film.

By: TM

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Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Screenwriter: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder
Cast: Claudette Colbert
Don Ameche
Monty Woolley
Mary Astor
Francis Lederer
Hedda Hopper
John Barrymore
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