Two-Faced Woman

Overview

This George Cukor romantic comedy casts Greta Garbo as ski instructor Karin Borg Blake. She gives lessons to wealthy American playboy Larry Blake Melvyn Douglas, and the two fall in love and marry even though Larry has a girlfriend named Griselda Vaughn Constance Bennett waiting for him back in New York. Returning to New York, Karin fears that Griselda will win Larry back. In an effort to foil Larry's imagined dalliance, Karin poses as her own twin sister, Katherine, hoping to get Larry to fall in love with her ...
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Overview

This George Cukor romantic comedy casts Greta Garbo as ski instructor Karin Borg Blake. She gives lessons to wealthy American playboy Larry Blake Melvyn Douglas, and the two fall in love and marry even though Larry has a girlfriend named Griselda Vaughn Constance Bennett waiting for him back in New York. Returning to New York, Karin fears that Griselda will win Larry back. In an effort to foil Larry's imagined dalliance, Karin poses as her own twin sister, Katherine, hoping to get Larry to fall in love with her instead of Griselda. Larry is onto the scheme and plays along with her, pretending to fall in love with Katherine. But this infuriates Karin, who can't believe that her husband would fall in love with her sister, and she storms back to her ski resort.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Condemned through the years as the film that caused the legendary Greta Garbo to flee from the screen, Two-Faced Woman is actually not a bad film, and certainly not the disaster that legend would have it. Wrong-headed, yes, for it attempts to recast the inimitable Garbo as a standard-issue romantic comedy heroine, perhaps because she had revealed such an unexpected flair for humor in Ninotchka. But that earlier success had very wisely been tailored to highlight what was amusing in Garbo herself; Woman asks her to pretend she is a cross between Irene Dunne and Ginger Rogers. The film never recovers from this basic mistake, nor does Garbo's performance, although she's certainly game and gives it her all. Even with a more appropriate leading lady, however, Woman would still be nothing more than an average 1940s comedy. There's nothing original in the plot and even the witty S.N. Behrmann isn't able to give the dialogue the consistent sparkle and punch it needs. Woman does benefit from Melvyn Douglas' customarily smooth and engaging performance; the actor handles the material with just the right light touch and works well with Garbo. Even better is Constance Bennett, who grabs every scene she's in and runs away with it. George Cukor's direction is adequate, but it lacks the difficult combination of energy and restraint that this kind of film demands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2011
  • UPC: 883316310663
  • Original Release: 1941
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,159

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greta Garbo Karin Borg Blake/Katherine Borg
Melvyn Douglas Larry Blake
Constance Bennett Griselda Vaughn
Ruth Gordon Ruth Ellis
Robert Sterling Dick Williams
Roland Young Oscar Miller
Frances Carson Miss Dunbar
Robert Alton Cecil
Olive Blakeney Phyllis
George Calliga Hotel Clerk
Andre Cheron Headwaiter
George Cleveland Sheriff
Mark Daniels Bellboy
Cliff Danielson
Emily Fitzroy Rhumba Dancer
Bess Flowers Receptionist
Arno Frey Waiter
Connie Gilchrist
Roy Gordon Man
Eula Guy Woman
Vinton Haworth Guide
Grace Hayle
Tom Herbert
G.P. Huntley Mr. Wilson
George Lollier Cab Driver
John Marston Graham
Wally Merrill Stage Manager
Hilda Plowright
Lorin Raker
James Spencer Carl
William Tannen Ski Guide
Mary Young Wife
Douglass Newland
Paul Leyssac Clerk
Gloria de Haven Debutante
Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Alton Choreography
Leo Arnaud Musical Direction/Supervision
S.N. Behrmann Screenwriter
George Boemler Editor
Daniel B. Cathcart Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
George Oppenheimer Screenwriter
Gottfried Reinhardt Producer
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Salka Viertel Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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