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Two-Faced Woman (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 2 March 1942 (UK)
After a ski instructor catches her husband flirting with an old flame, she decides to pose as her (fictitious) twin sister in an attempt to keep him faithful.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

S.N. Behrman (original screenplay), Salka Viertel (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Karin Blake
Melvyn Douglas ... Larry Blake
Constance Bennett ... Griselda Vaughn
Roland Young ... O.O. Miller
Robert Sterling ... Dick Williams
Ruth Gordon ... Miss Ellis
Frances Carson Frances Carson ... Miss Dunbar
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Storyline

While at a ski lodge, Larry Blake sees instructor Karin Borg and decides to sign up for private lessons. The next thing he knows, she is Mrs. Blake. When he announces that he is going back to work on his magazine in New York the next day, Karin refuses to go with him. She later comes to New York, buys expensive clothes, and goes to meet him when she sees he is with old flame Griselda. Caught by Blake's business partner, O.O. Miller, before she can leave, she explains that she is really Karin's twin sister Katherine. Hard to believe, but that is what she tries to make everyone, including Larry, believe. Larry, however, has serious doubts, but plays the game to the hilt as the worldly Katherine tries to take him away from both Griselda and Karin. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

She's Twins! Her first picture in two years . . . so we're giving you two Garbos in this one! And both of her are terrific! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Twins See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,247,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Third and final pairing of Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas, the other two films being As You Desire Me (1932) and Ninotchka (1939). See more »

Goofs

When Karin has Larry's business partner and secretary in for breakfast, the shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving on the kitchen's stone wall and door frame. See more »

Quotes

Larry Blake: While you're there, I can make up my mind which one of you I want permanently.
Karin Blake: Perhaps you want both of us?
Larry Blake: Very possibly. Say, that isn't a bad idea. You for the outdoor life and - Katherine for the...
Karin Blake: Well, never mind. Even my sister wouldn't take you on those terms.
Larry Blake: You don't know your sister. She knows men. She understands me. I understand her!
Karin Blake: Well, there's one thing you don't understand.
Larry Blake: I can't think what it is?
Karin Blake: Me!
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Alternate Versions

Although given a PCA approval certificate, the released film was heartily condemned by the Catholic Church, which applied enough pressure to force MGM to revise the film, and replace the existing copies for future bookings. The major problem was that Melvyn Douglas thought he was seducing his wife's twin sister in the original version, which also had a few risque scenes. These were eliminated, and a scene was added where Douglas calls the ski lodge to find out his wife left, so that he knows the twin is really his wife. The net effect was to reduce the movie's running time to 90 minutes (from the original 94 minutes). This is the version Turner Classic Movies shows every once in a while. This also might also explain the late copyright date and copyright length of 90 minutes. See more »

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Soundtracks

Chica-Choca
(uncredited)
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Roni
Danced by Greta Garbo, Robert Alton and chorus of nightclub patrons
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I don't care what anyone thinks!!!!
21 April 2008 | by bnbelias718See all my reviews

Every time someone mentions this film, they say something bad about it. It wasn't the best movie but I enjoyed it thoroughly. She had my attention through the whole film. I thought Garbo was way more interesting in this film than both Constance Bennett & Melvyn Douglas. Good film. I wish I still owned it and I would watch it right now!!! I love how radical she becomes when she pretends to be her "twin" sister. Melvyn Douglas was an alright character and so too Bennett, but I thought Garbo's last performance was great and I would like for this movie to get more credit. If anyone enjoys Garbo they should enjoy this film or you are just simply not that big of a Garbo fan. That's how i see it. The mysterious lady treats us with a few funny laughs. Like when she gets drunk. Not as funny as she was in Ninotchka though. Long Live Garbo!


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