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That Lady in Ermine

Released Aug 24, 1948 1h 29m Musical List
Reviews 42% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings In this musical comedy, Hungarian soldiers invade Countess Angelina's (Betty Grable) castle, and her husband immediately escapes, leaving her to fend off the advances of Col. Teglas (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.). One of her ancestors, Francesca (also Grable), was forced to deal with a similar situation many years earlier, which is documented in a portrait hanging in the castle. By night, Francesca leaves the confines of the portrait and helps Angelina grapple with her growing feelings for the colonel. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A drab fluff musical comedy costume period piece, that has a ridiculous fantasy narrative. Rated: C Dec 30, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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Kathy D I loved it! Watched it when I was young and sick. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Betty Grable, I had a thing for ghosts. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/24 Full Review Audience Member The 18th century duchy of Bergamo is in grave danger when it is taken over by a cold-hearted Hungarian Colonel. However, his plans for grandeur may be upset by a strange attraction for the portrait of 'The Lady in Ermine', that causes him to fall for her look-alike, Countess Angelina. The film is somewhat of an inconsistent mess, and the elements of the musical, period drama and romantic comedy do not gel. However, a big reason could have been Lubitsch's death eight days into the production. Fairbanks' performance may be the only thing worthy of note. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member The film tries too hard for the Lubitsch "touch" and only sometimes succeeds; includes the beautiful (and little known) Oscar-nominated "This Is the Moment." Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member 2 story weaved together with the expert hands of ernst lubitsch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member "That Lady in Ermine" is certainly a nice looking movie, but as a musical ... well, it sucks. Countess Angelina (Grable) has just gotten married to Baron Mario (Romero), but their honeymoon is cut short when Colonel Teglash (Fairbanks Jr.) invades her castle. Angelina is forced to take charge of him and his powerful army, just like her ancestor Countess Francesca (also Grable) had to do hundreds of years back. Oddly enough, Teglash falls in love with the portrait of Francesca, and then he ends up falling for Angelina. But Francesca is in their dreams every night, and she advises Angelina to kill him ... "That Lady in Ermine" was Betty Grable's first colossal flop. Ever. She had made one hit after another from 1940-1948, and this made her career stop for a second. Luckily, the same year she made "When My Baby Smiles at Me" at that saved her, but if she hadn't, well ... I think this movie could have ended her career. This was director Ernst Lubitsch's last movie, and many people call it one of the worst "last movies" by a director ever. Always making very sharp and funny comedies, Lubistch has always been considered a masterful comedian. Since he died only a week into filming, the production was taking over by Otto Preminger, and you can almost tell when the Lubitsch touch stopped, because that's when the movie isn't that funny anymore. Though this movie tries to be a spoof, it ends up being a very try hard, unfunny failure of a movie, that big stars Betty Grable and Doug Fairbanks Jr. couldn't even save. Even with everything from the sets, costumes, and cinematography (Technicolor was very expensive in the '40's) lavishly done, this movie just isn't as good as it could be. "That Lady in Ermine" is not a good movie to see if you want to watch a Betty Grable or Ernst Lubitsch movie. If I were you, I'd watch "Song of the Islands" for BG and "Trouble in Paradise" for EL. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is confusing and pretty bad. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In this musical comedy, Hungarian soldiers invade Countess Angelina's (Betty Grable) castle, and her husband immediately escapes, leaving her to fend off the advances of Col. Teglas (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.). One of her ancestors, Francesca (also Grable), was forced to deal with a similar situation many years earlier, which is documented in a portrait hanging in the castle. By night, Francesca leaves the confines of the portrait and helps Angelina grapple with her growing feelings for the colonel.
Director
Ernst Lubitsch, Otto Preminger
Producer
Ernst Lubitsch
Distributor
20th Century Fox
Genre
Musical
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 24, 1948, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 1, 2012
Runtime
1h 29m
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