"Every Cinderella has her Midnight!" quips Claudette Colbert as Eve Peabody, in this 1939 Masterpiece, part written by Billy Wilder and with Don Ameche and Colbert at their most charming.
The film has never been released on DVD before, and only on video, briefly, in America. Now here is is, but only region 1 for some strange reason.
Like The Palm Beach Story and It Happened One Night, this is screwball at it's absolute best. The one-liners simply tumble off the screen, the chemistry is sparkling, the comic timing like a swiss watch. They really don't make them like this anymore, and I've waited years for this release.
The story? Eve Peabody, a penniless socialite (and gold digger) has run out of luck, and is saved from a rainy night in Paris by a dashing but poor Hungarian taxi driver (Czerny). He's clearly smitten...and so is she. But she resists his advances (and an economy level future) and runs away, taking his name and inventing an alter-ego - The Baroness Czerny. Mistakenly swept up into high society, the "baroness" is "employed" to seduce a rich married man's wife's lover (I'm not making this up) - for hard cash. The real Czerny seeks her out at a grand ball, and so this Cinderella faces her Midnight. Will he blow her cover? Or will he play along? Is she really just a hardbitten money grabber? Or has she got a heart of gold? The brilliant twists and turns of the ensuing plot will leave you breathless.
Believe me, it's so much more fun than I've suggested - but I mustn't give too much away. If you like strong wise-cracking heroines like Katherine Hepburn, if you like Classic movies like Born Yesterday, if you like sophistication and glamour, if you long for a lost golden age...and if you like laughing out loud - then this is for you.
Simply the greatest Screwball of them all!