Once Upon a Honeymoon

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Directed by Leo McCarey.
With Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Walter Slezak.
US, 1942, 35mm, black & white, 116 min.

Ginger Rogers stars as an American gold digger about to marry a Nazi bigwig, while Cary Grant is the reporter tailing the couple through Europe in an attempt to awaken Rogers' conscience. Relatively unknown today, Once Upon a Honeymoon deserves to be considered alongside other great anti-Nazi Hollywood comedies such as Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940) and Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be (1942). This is "Leo McCarey's astonishing attempt to blend screwball comedy and wartime propaganda – even more astonishing because, by and large, it works. Despite some windy passages, the film's equation of true love and the democratic ideal is irresistible, quintessential McCarey." – Dave Kehr

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