US multi-millionaire Michael Barndon (Cooper) marries his eighth wife, Nicole (Colbert), the daughter of a penniless French Marquis. Barndon deploys marital techniques from The Taming of the Shrew before himself becoming The Tamer Tamed.
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The second half is a bit of a muddle, both in its plot and its sexual politics. Traditionally, these convulsions are attributed to the combination of Lubitsch's romance and screenwriter Billy Wilder's bitter cynicism, and poor Gary Cooper is nearly pulled in half trying to do both. But the first half is some of everyone's best work. The opening 20 minutes belong in the meet-cute hall of fame.
Terrific first half featuring some of Wilder and Brackett's best comedic writing, and one of Lubitsch's most exquisite direction. It's a shame the second half feels a bit too convoluted (and flat), even for a screwball comedy. A worthwhile addition, though, to any Golden Era aficionados.
A meet cute turned into will-they-won't-they comedy. It's hilarious, fun ride with most amazing actors, much much too bad the ending was far too exhausted and simplistic. But then again, it's one hell of a ride.