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|ONCE UPON A HONEYMOON (director/writer: Leo McCarey; screenwriters: Sheridan Gibney/from a story by Sheridan Gibney and Leo McCarey; cinematographer: George Barnes; editor: Theron Warth; music: Robert Emmett Dolan; cast: Ginger Rogers (Katie O'Hara), Cary Grant (Pat O'Toole), Walter Slezak (Baron Von Luber), Albert Dekker (Gaston Leblanc), Albert Bassermann (Marshal Borelski), Natasha Lytess (Anna), Ferike Boros (Elsa); Runtime: 117; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Leo McCarey; RKO; 1942)|
tragi-comedy on wartime Nazis."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Leo McCarey ("Love
Soup"/"The Kid From Spain") directs this intriguing
curio tragi-comedy on wartime Nazis that has
than its beginning lighthearted tone indicates (at one
point, the leads
are mistaken for Jews and almost sent to a
concentration camp). It
blends together, sometimes awkwardly, as a love story,
a spy drama,
comedy, adventure and anti-Nazi propaganda. The mix of
comedy, kitsch (swastika
on clocks) and
tragic events seem misplaced at
times, and the screenplay by McCarey and Sheridan Gibney flags at
times because of
the nonsensical plot but rises to the occasion when it
counts the most
with good ole American irreverence. Stars Cary Grant and
Ginger Rogers are
very good together, as the smarty-pants reporter and
gold-digger beat the Nazis and her Nazi husband.
Rogers) is set
in the Vienna of 1938 to marry the
wealthy and influential Austrian
Baron Von Luber (Walter
secret a Nazi
bigwig, for title and wealth. Fast-talking
newspaperman foreign correspondent, Pat
accepts an assignment as a radio
commentator to get a rare interview with the future
baroness to expose
the Baron as a Nazi undercover agent. Pat's not dissuaded by her reluctance to
be interviewed, and gets to meet her posing as a
fitter. The reporter
falls in love with Katie and desperately tries to make
her see that
future hubby is a Nazi honcho.
When Austria is given
Hitler by the Austrian leader, the Baron leaves by
train with Katie for Czechoslovakia.
her to Prague, and witnesses Katie and the Baron
getting hitched. Hubby
is finally revealed to Katie as a fingerman for Hitler, and
in Warsaw the
Luftwaffe bombs it after the Baron sells the military
weapons. The American lady and the reporter join
forces, as she deserts
her wounded hubby. The couple on-the-run trek through
Holland and Belgium and at last arrive in Paris to try
their hand at
sabotage before returning by boat to the States.
REVIEWED ON 4/7/2010 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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