CLUNY BROWN
1946, 20th Century Fox, 100 min, USA, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch

Director Ernst Lubitsch's last complete film is one of his funniest. Jennifer Jones is a female plumber working as a maid on an English estate; in other words, it' s RUGGLES OF RED GAP in reverse. Charles Boyer is a penniless Czech intellectual smitten by Jones and befriended by rich Peter Lawford. With Helen Walker, C. Aubrey Smith.


DESIGN FOR LIVING
1933, Universal, 91 min, USA, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch

Playwright Tom Chambers (Fredric March) and painter George Curtis (Gary Cooper) share an apartment in Paris and both fall for lovely interior designer Gilda Farrell (Miriam Hopkins). Gilda can't make up her mind which man she loves, so she concocts a scheme for the three of them to live together platonically. Of course it's not long before the two men are figuratively clawing at each other’s throats in this pre-Code delight from director Ernst Lubitsch and screenwriter Ben Hecht, based on Noel Coward’s play.


NINOTCHKA
1939, Warner Bros., 110 min, USA, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch

"Garbo Laughs!" screamed the ads, and so will you, as a stuffy Russian commissar (Greta Garbo) assigned to Paris matches wits with bon vivant Melvyn Douglas. She never had a chance. The second and last time Billy Wilder worked with his idol; his script (with Charles Brackett and Walter Reisch) is inspired, and the Lubitsch Touch is in full force. With Ina Claire, Sig Ruman, Felix Bressart and - no kidding - Bela Lugosi!


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