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Two-Faced Woman (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 2 March 1942 (UK)
After a ski instructor catches her husband flirting with an old flame, she decides to pose as her (fictitious) twin sister in an attempt to keep him faithful.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

S.N. Behrman (original screenplay), Salka Viertel (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Karin Blake
Melvyn Douglas ... Larry Blake
Constance Bennett ... Griselda Vaughn
Roland Young ... O.O. Miller
Robert Sterling ... Dick Williams
Ruth Gordon ... Miss Ellis
Frances Carson Frances Carson ... Miss Dunbar
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Storyline

While at a ski lodge, Larry Blake sees instructor Karin Borg and decides to sign up for private lessons. The next thing he knows, she is Mrs. Blake. When he announces that he is going back to work on his magazine in New York the next day, Karin refuses to go with him. She later comes to New York, buys expensive clothes, and goes to meet him when she sees he is with old flame Griselda. Caught by Blake's business partner, O.O. Miller, before she can leave, she explains that she is really Karin's twin sister Katherine. Hard to believe, but that is what she tries to make everyone, including Larry, believe. Larry, however, has serious doubts, but plays the game to the hilt as the worldly Katherine tries to take him away from both Griselda and Karin. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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'NINOTCHKA'S " GAY STARS ARE GAYER THAN EVER! (original 6x5.5 newspaper ad-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Twins See more »

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Budget:

$1,247,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the downhill skiing toward the end of the film, Larry does a number of tumbles and somersaults. One time he flips over a ledge and comes down without any ski poles. The next scene shows him with ski poles as he comes to a stop. See more »

Quotes

Karin Blake: I see that there are two of you.
Larry Blake: Don't talk riddles!
Karin Blake: There's the poetic young man who wants to live a simple life and Napoleon. I prefer the poetic young man.
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Although given a PCA approval certificate, the released film was heartily condemned by the Catholic Church, which applied enough pressure to force MGM to revise the film, and replace the existing copies for future bookings. The major problem was that Melvyn Douglas thought he was seducing his wife's twin sister in the original version, which also had a few risque scenes. These were eliminated, and a scene was added where Douglas calls the ski lodge to find out his wife left, so that he knows the twin is really his wife. The net effect was to reduce the movie's running time to 90 minutes (from the original 94 minutes). This is the version Turner Classic Movies shows every once in a while. This also might also explain the late copyright date and copyright length of 90 minutes. See more »

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Not As Bad As Its Rep
30 September 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Two-Faced Woman (1941)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

At the age of 36 screen legend Greta Garbo made this MGM comedy, which tried to take her out of the costume drama and place her into a present time comedy. The results were a disaster when the film was first released and depending on which myth you believe, the bad reaction caused Garbo to retire. I've heard a lot of bad things about this film but in the end it isn't nearly as bad as its reputation. In the film Garbo plays a ski instructor who ends up marrying a man (Melvyn Douglas) after a few hours. Later that night he demands she follow him to NYC but she refuses. As time goes on the husband stays away but Garbo decides to go after him only pretending to be her vamp twin sister. This certainly isn't the greatest comedy ever made but it's not nearly as bad as some would make you believe. Yes, Garbo certainly isn't herself here but I really don't see that as a bad thing because seeing her like this is at least interesting. Seeing her smile, act drunk, playing love able and this type of thing isn't exactly what she's known for but I found her act to be quite charming even if that thick accent came off not working too well here. She also struggles during a few scenes but you can't deny that she's giving it her all as she works her way through the material. Douglas manages to be quite pleasant and ends up delivering a fine comic performance. Supporting players Constance Bennett, Roland Young and Robert Sterling turn in some fine work as well. Another plus was some of the subject matter, which certainly wasn't seen in too many films after the Hayes Office went into effect seven years earlier. The stuff is hidden behind the "marriage" but it's still fairly risqué for its time. Apparently the version currently being shown is the "cut" version missing four minutes and alternating one of the subplots. Either way, this film is a minor entertainment but those expecting something great should probably stick to Garbo's earlier films.


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