Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire, Bela Lugosi
This was the first time Greta Garbo had been seen in a film that was predominantly comic (though it was hardly the first time she'd laughed, as the ads insisted). But her character still had an icy aura, at least at the outset – Garbo plays a Russian comrade staying in Paris on government business, a situation providing writers Wilder, Brackett and Walter Reisch with rich material for impish political jokes. Then she meets the acceptable face of Capitalism in the form of Melvyn Douglas, and succumbs to his suave looks and honeyed voice...
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