(out of 5)

Beautiful little charmer adapted by Norman Krasna from his play Kind Sir that feels as soft as the satin on Ingrid Bergman’s dresses; it’s another great example of how well Stanley Donen shot films in colour. Cary Grant plays a debonair NATO financier who romances the delectable Bergman, an actress of the stage who thought she was through with love. The affair should be perfect except for the fact that it really is an affair; it seems our hero is married, though “separated” because he “can’t get a divorce”. Then comes the fun part (though you wouldn’t think so). Rent it, it’s adorable, and Bergman is absolutely divine in every sense of the word.

United Kingdom, 1958

Directed by Stanley Donen

Screenplay by Norman Krasna, based on his play Kind Sir

Cinematography by Freddie Young

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Ingrid Bergman)
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Cary Grant)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Written American Comedy

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Film From Any Source
Best British Film