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Rated NR · 91 minutes · 1937

Drama
One of Ernst Lubitsch's rare forays into melodrama, this 1937 feature centers on the neglected wife (Marlene Dietrich) of a British ambassador (Herbert Marshall, the jewel thief from Trouble in Paradise); after having a fling in Paris, she learns that her paramour (Melvyn Douglas) fought alongside her husband in World War I. Dietrich clashed with Lubitsch throughout the production, which may explain why she gives such a stubbornly uncharismatic performance; the professions of romantic longing on which the plot hinges are seldom convincing. Yet second-tier Lubitsch is still more elegant and perceptive than the best work of most other filmmakers; his brilliance is most evident in his depiction of the main characters' servants, whose commentary on the action reveals not only their masters' class biases but their own.
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Producer: Ernst Lubitsch
Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, Melvyn Douglas, Edward Everett Horton, Ernest Cossart, Laura Hope Crews, Herbert Mundin, Ivan Lebedeff, Dennie Moore, Lionel Pape, Phyllis Coghlan, Leonard Carey, Gerald Hamer, James Finlayson, Eric Wilton, Michael Visaroff, Olaf Hytten and Gwendolyn Logan

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