Pygmalion theme [from a pre-war French film] lends itself to Ginger Rogers' talents and strong performances by others in the cast are on the credit side. These factors do considerable in glossing over production and story weaknesses.

Pygmalion theme [from a pre-war French film] lends itself to Ginger Rogers’ talents and strong performances by others in the cast are on the credit side. These factors do considerable in glossing over production and story weaknesses.

Continental flavor of Paris locale is maintained by Sam Wood’s direction in unfolding story of a girl who becomes an apprentice in a pickpocket school, goes to an embassy ball and finds romance after she learns how to be a lady.

Jean-Pierre Aumont is interesting as the young diplomat who falls for the femme purse-snatcher. New romance gets him out of a lightly established previous affair with Mona Maris, Adolphe Menjou’s wife. It is the character performances by others in the cast though that give a lift to proceedings, Menjou is expert. Melville Cooper as a cadgering lush is good for chuckles. Basil Rathbone’s professional performance furnishes laughs.

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Production

RKO. Dir Sam Wood; Producer Robert Hakim, Raymond Hakim; Screenplay Morrie Ryskind; Camera Joseph Valentine; Editor Roland Gross; Music Paul Misraki Art Dir Lionel Banks

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Ginger Rogers Jean-Pierre Aumont Adolphe Menjou Melville Cooper Basil Rathbone
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