Georges (Charles Boyer) is a Romanian gigolo who applies to enter the US and is told that he will have to wait 8 years, so he rents a room in a Mexican border town and waits. In to the town comes Anita (Paulette Goddard) who is his ex-partner in both romance and pulling scams across Europe by preying on the wealthy. She has got herself American citizenship and points Georges in the right direction. All he has to do is marry an American citizen and he can gain his entry in about a month. Thus begins the search for an American bride who Georges can marry, gain access into the US, get a quick divorce and then team up with Anita once again to fleece the rich. Enter school-teacher Emmy (Olivia de Havilland). However, immigration officer Hammock (Walter Abel) is wise to the plan and does not intend to let Georges get away with things.
The film is overlong with certain scenes that stretch proceedings a little tiresomely, eg, the schoolchildren, the visit to a Mexican village and the rather painful reciting of some nonsense on a plaque that supports the Statue of Liberty.....oh for goodness sake.....get on with the film....! However, set against this is a good cast. Boyer and Goddard are very good in their roles and their performances elevate this film to the score I have given as the story alone isn't fast-moving enough to maintain interest. I found de Havilland a bit too soppy and so not as interesting a character. Walter Abel does a good job as the immigration officer but the rest of the supporting cast at the hotel are all a bit irritating. We didn't need any of them for the story.
Overall, it's a film that is made enjoyable by the strong leads of Charles Boyer and Paulette Goddard. Boyer and Goddard are both conniving and funny and Boyer does everything with such smoothness that I'm sure he could have slept with the whole cast if he chose to. Its what French people like to do. That and performing mime routines.