Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Cast: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire, Bela Lugosi, Sig Rumann, Felix Bressart, Alexander Granach
"Garbo Laughs!" so ran the ads in 1939, in her first Hollywood comedy. Garbo played a Bolshevik envoy who goes to Paris to retrieve Russian jewelry on behalf of the Soviet government. The film was a brilliant satire playing on Garbo's serious and dour personality. Melvyn Douglas, in his second teaming with Garbo, played the French capitalistic playboy who seduces and wins Garbo.
Two-Faced Woman (1941)
Director: George Cukor
Cast: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Ruth Gordon, Robert Sterling
Garbo's second attempt at comedy shocked audiences, and bombed at the box office. MGM thought that she could be turned into another Irene Dunne to make her more appealing to American War audiences, but the results were embarassing. The script was uneven and Garbo was uncomfortable. She played twin sisters in love with Melvyn Douglas. See a gayer Garbo ski, swim and rhumba, so read the ads. The Legion of Decency condemned the film on immoral grounds. Garbo retired from movies. She was only 36.