31 May 2000 | bruno-32
Hedy was a jewel
The film is pleasant enough, with Tracy and Laraine Day. But Hedy, was a jewel. That opening scene where she is in her satin gown, with that perfect figure, contemplating suicide, was really a sight. I squirmed when Tracy had to sock that gorgeous puss, in order to prevent her suicide, as if anyone would want to disfigure that face. Being Italian, when she had to speak it to a distraught Italian women, the words were very authentic. I thought she was really Italian, until later I found out she mastered 6 languages. No wonder she had the brains to invent that product for guiding torpedo's during the war, and now put to use in cell phones. Some reviewers here made comments that Tracy and Lamarr didn't get along...that is not true. In fact, they made 2 other movies together after this. If there was a problem, Tracy had enough clout to tell MGM, he would not make another movie with Lamarr. The word got around that Hedy was new to American movie making, and also, new to the English language. Read Chas. Boyer bio where it is said that there were problems with her English in "Algiers", so they limited her dialogue. But as we all know, Hedy mastered the language as well as 5 others... .but the problem with Tracy was that she couldn't grasp Tracy's mumbling and fast talking as he has shown in so many of his movies. Imagine if she had to appear with Brando, the king of mumblers. There is a candid photo of them together during recess of making "Tortilla Flat"...a very intimate scene...on Ebay. See this movie for the jeweled Hedy.