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The Ambassador’s Daughter

He thinks she's a French model

Okay, so Netflix isn’t perfect, and neither is The Ambassador’s Daughter (1956) with Olivia de Havilland, John Forsythe and Myrna Loy. It’s a fine movie, though nothing special. As the daughter of the U.S. Ambassador to France, who appears to be a widower, Joan (de Havilland) must show dignitaries’ wives around. She puts on her party manners, but it’s dull. During a dinner with a stodgy senator and his more open-minded wife (Loy) Joan sets out to prove the senator wrong. You see he’s hell bent on passing a regulation barring soldiers from spending their R&R in Paris, where they get into trouble.

Joan, who is engaged to an attractive, but staid diplomat, experiments with a soldier chosen at random. Pretending she’s a French model, she tries to prove whether American soldiers really are the cads the senator thinks they are. So she agrees to go out with Sgt. Daniel Sullivan. The pretense leads to trouble and misunderstandings as one expects. Of course, true love triumphs in the end. It’s not a bad movie, but not fantastic.

This was the second movie I’d seen with Olivia de Havilland. I’d only seen her as mousy Melanie in Gone With the Wind.  Here her character has some spark, and she carried the film.

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