Definitely not Lubitsch's best film, but it does have some of his funniest scenes housed within its 84 minutes. Oberon and Meredith's first meeting was clearly a major influence on Martin Scorsese and Nick Pileggi when they came to write the "you think I'm funny?" scene from GOODFELLAS. Essentially the film is encapsulated by the metaphor of hiccups in a relationship; those uncertain feelings that rob us of sleep.
Burgess Meredith's performance as the contrarian "genius" is just brilliant. He's small and virile, a sort of Picasso figure, magnetising the viewers as well as the bored protagonist. An early archetype of the total prick, but a complete joy to watch. Plus some great dialogue: Larry: Interesting woman. Jones: She certainly had a couple of interesting angles. Larry: I didn't notice them. Jones: Good.
“I’m a perfectly normal woman.” “Well, that sounds awfully dull." “My dear, you mustn’t say that about yourself—not even in fun!” ... “You see, most people know nothing about themselves—nothing—their own real personality is a complete stranger to them. Now, what I’m trying to do is to introduce you to your inner self... Wouldn’t you like to meet you?” “No. You see, I’m a little shy."
Charming film from Lubitsch that doesn't rank amongst his best but is a fun watch nonetheless. Oberon is charming, Fairbanks steady and Meredith a hoot. Seemed somewhat of a risqué undertone for 1941. Script often just sings but lacks the magic of some of Lubitsch's finest.
Neglected housewife of insurance salesman falls for a pianist and husband tries guilting her back home. Based on Sardou/DeNajac's play "Divorçons" (which Lubitsch had filmed once already in 1925 as "Kiss Me Again") a lively, if relatively conventional romantic comedy. Burgess Meredith is a hoot as Oberon's rebellious love interest.