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I Was an Adventuress (1940)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 10 May 1940 (USA)
A pair of crooks (von Stroheim and Lorre) use a phony countess (Zorina) who winds up falling in love with one of their victims (Greene).

Director:

Gregory Ratoff

Writers:

Karl Tunberg (screen play), Don Ettlinger (screen play) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vera Zorina ... Countess Tanya Vronsky (as Zorina)
Richard Greene ... Paul Vernay
Erich von Stroheim ... Andre Desormeaux (as Erich Von Stroheim)
Peter Lorre ... Polo
Sig Ruman ... Herr Protz (as Sig Rumann)
Fritz Feld ... Henri Gautier
Cora Witherspoon ... Aunt Cecile
Anthony Kemble-Cooper Anthony Kemble-Cooper ... Cousin Emil (as Anthony Kemple Cooper)
Paul Porcasi ... Fisherman
Inez Palange Inez Palange ... Fisherman's Wife
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Jacques Dubois
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... Henrich Von Korgen
Rolfe Sedan Rolfe Sedan ... Waiter
Eddie Conrad ... Waiter
Fortunio Bonanova ... Orchestra Leader
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Storyline

Andre Desormeaux, master con artist and jewel thief, has been very successful with his partners, light-fingered Polo and beautiful lure "Countess" Tanya Vronsky. But Tanya falls in love with one of their victims, resigns from the team, and (despite Andre's warning) marries rich young Paul Vernay...for love. Inevitably, Andre and Polo reappear in her life. Can Tanya outwit the master schemer? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sedutora Aventureira See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although credited to Fortunio Bonanova, the orchestra conductor is played by George Balanchine. See more »

Quotes

Countess Tanya Vronsky: I'm Countess Vronsky. I've heard some of the stories you've been spreading about me, Signor Rosselli
[slaps his face]
Countess Tanya Vronsky: I warn you against repeating any more of this malicious gossip
Herr Protz: [startled] I am not Signor Rosselli!
Countess Tanya Vronsky: You're not Signor Rosselli?
Herr Protz: No. I've never even heard of him.
Countess Tanya Vronsky: Oh. I've made a terrible mistake
Herr Protz: Oh, that's alright.
Countess Tanya Vronsky: I don't know what to say
Herr Protz: Say nothing, Countess.
[...]
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Remake of I Was an Adventuress (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Swan Lake, Op.20
(1877) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts played at the ballet and danced by Vera Zorina, Lew Christensen and Charles Laskey
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Polo and Andre--what might have been!
6 October 1999 | by Anne_SharpSee all my reviews

"Lubitsch lite" might be the best description of this beguiling romantic comedy. Its charm relies to a surprising extent on the effervescent chemistry between its two male stars, Peter Lorre and Erich von Stroheim. These are not the most likely of sidekicks, but you'd be surprised how deftly these two play off one another, like a Mittel European Laurel and Hardy, as the cherubic kleptomaniac Polo (Lorre) and his sly con-artist buddy Andre (Stroheim). It's easy to imagine a series of comedy adventures based on Polo and Andre--actually, Stroheim and Lorre make a more entertaining duo than Lorre and Greenstreet. The lovely Zorina keeps up with them beautifully, as well as delivering a very photogenic performance in the "Swan Lake" ballet sequence (choreographed by her husband, George Balanchine) which anticipates "The Red Shoes" in its dynamically cinematic, semi-surreal style.


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