Every fan of classic comedy should buy this two set collection! Why? Two great & rare comedies packed in one.
The director, none other than Austrian born Otto Preminger. Otto emigrated in the US in 1936 if I remeber well to make his first film there a comedy, Danger Love at Work (available from BFI). He was not specialized in comedy as genre, but I have to say he did a very good job with The Moon is Blue, Margin for Error and A Royal Scandal.
To come back to these two wonderful movies. Margin for Error is a black comedy of some sort dealing with the German Embassy's affairs in an US town with some very clever and funny lines. Otto plays an unscrupulous ambassador who becomes a victim in the end in a really tremendous situation. The other star of this movie is Joan Bennett. The script is signedt by Samuel Fuller. The 2nd movie is A Royal Scandal which is a delightful Lubitsch comedy in terms of script, directions and so forth. It is set in the Russian period reigned by queen Katherine. This movie should have been made by Lubitsch who felt ill and gave the project to Otto Preminger. Amazing conflicts arise both in personal and ,,professional" life of Katherine the Great. Nonetheless Charles Coburn is at his highest, together with Anne Baxter, Tallulah Bankhead and a short apearence of Vincent Price. The plot is constructive and the end classic:) Enjoy two rare movies that are not that known in Otto's filmography!