“It’s a soldier she’s longing for.”
An actor (Alfred Lunt) who is insanely jealous of his wife (Lynn Fontanne) pretends to be a Russian soldier wooing her, taking only his friend The Critic (Roland Young) into his confidences. Will his wife betray him — with himself?
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Actors and Actresses
- Marital Problems
- Mistaken or Hidden Identities
- Play Adaptations
- Roland Young Films
- Romantic Comedy
- Zasu Pitts Films
Legendary acting couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne were both nominated for Academy Awards for their leading roles in this adaptation of Ferenc Molnar’s comedic play about a husband so insanely jealous that he disguises himself as his wife’s suitor to catch her cheating. Does his ruse work? Well, that’s the crux of the somewhat limited storyline, so it wouldn’t be fair to say more; suffice it to say that it’s clear why audiences at the time would have enjoyed a talkie like this, though its current appeal remains simply as a curio, to see this beloved couple on screen together for the first and only time.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Lunt and Fontanne’s obvious chemistry together
- An enjoyable closing shot
No, though it’s worth a look if you’re curious to see Lunt and Fontanne. Listed as a film with Historical Importance in the back of Peary’s book.