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.