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on 6 October 2010
Tom (Gary Cooper) encounters Madeleine (Marlene Dietrich) on his way to holiday in Spain. Unknown to him is the fact that she has just stolen $2 worth of pearls and is trying to smuggle them into Spain. She slips the pearls into his jacket pocket without him noticing so she can avoid the customs search. However, he takes off his jacket and packs it into his suitcase forcing her to stick with him until a moment arises where she can get the pearls back. Things dont work out as planned for her as when they part company, Tom still has possession of the pearls. Her partner in crime Carlos (John Halliday) is not happy with her when Tom suddenly shows up again. However, Madeleine is romatically won over by Tom, who is still unaware that he is carrying the valuable pearls, and this changes her plans.....

The film has a good cast with a special mention for Zeffie Tilbury as "Aunt Olga" who turns up late in the film - an old, frail lady on the outside but a cold, emotionless criminal at heart. She advises Madeleine to forget about love - it is much better to have the memory. There are many good scenes, eg, the end scene at dinner when Tom gradually reveals to Carlos what he knows about the theft, the beginning scene when Madeleine is carrying out her scam, the scene at customs on the border of Spain where we are unsure of who is going to get busted and how, etc. The story gets going from the outset and is played with humour. Cooper is funny as the salesman, eg, when he discusses which is the better word - "delighted" or "glad" - to his boss before he goes on holiday. The good cast keep the story going but unfortunately, the ending lets things down a bit. It's far too goody-goody.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 November 2013
However, it is still very watchable, if a bit long, and of course dated. Dietrich (even with her incredible eyebrows carries the film, along with Frank Borzage's direction-or-Was it Lubitsch?). It is a good old fashioned remantic comedy from 1936 and for me works well still-Except for Cooper, who I felt looked ill at ease throughout-I can't help thinking he could not do light comedy/romance. The print is good - very good considering it's age. No extras, but subtitles. I think recomended for Dietrich fans primarily. (And I think Halliwell gets it wrong when he says Lubitsch directs! He always said he made some deliberate errors in his "Filmgoers Companion" to see if and who might plagiarise him!)
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on 17 February 2010
Neither Cooper or Dietrich seem entirely at ease in this screwball comedy, although they warm up as the plot progresses. Much of the comedy, and the acting, seems a little forced, and the laughs depend on mild double entendres and suggestive remarks - especially over dinner in the thieves' hideaway villa.

It's not a classic, and it's nowhere near the funniest comedy that Dietrich ever made (Destry Rides Again), but it more than passes the time.

The restored print is wonderful, and the cars and costumes sparkle. The French and Spanish scenery depicts a long-lost era, all bucolic charm and elegant buildings, a snapshot of life just before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and WWII. Dietrich is, as always, stunning, with arched eyebrows painted so high that they look like the antennae of some exotic insect.
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on 1 February 2010
The title is terrible - makes it sound like a story of lust and passion when what it actually is turns out to be a sparkling comedy about a beautiful jewel thief who falls in love and abandons a life of crime. The desire is her desire for the things she steals. As the thief Dietrich looks gorgeous, is dressed to kill and Cooper, the innocent all American guy who crosses her path, makes a splendid foil. He could handle comedy quite well even if his star imageis more of a lean, craggy silent heroic type. But they are all young here and haven't acquired the patina of stardom. The plot doesn't quite hold up - the menacing partners in crime are kind of added on as they do not seem to have played any role in the initial theft, but Lubitsch handles the whole thing with a light touch. It is also quite daring at times - some blissfully suggestive dialogue, especially the hands in the pocket scene.
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on 16 June 2014
A bit of a comedown compared with 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town'. I think Gary Cooper worked better with Jean Arthur rather than with Marlene Dietrich who just flutters her eyes looking pretty.
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on 10 September 2013
Could not play on a US DVD player yet was told it was compatible in the US so a big loss.
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