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Clemson Reade (Cary Grant) is the kind of man who wants to marry an old-fashioned girl, one who will stay home and take care of her husband. However, he's fallen in love with Priscilla "Effie" Effington (Deborah Kerr), who has an exciting career with the State Department that she has no intention of giving up. Clemson has the poor timing of proposing marriage to Effie just as she's in the middle of trying to resolve a major political crisis with the Middle Eastern nation of Bukistan; the United States wants to stay on Bukistan's good side, thanks to their plentiful reserves of oil. Tired of waiting for Effie, Clemson decides that he needs to find a potential bride who will follow his lead instead of her own, and he soon meets Princess Tarji (Betta Saint John), daughter of the King of Bukistan, who has spent her life learning to faithfully serve her man. Clemson half-seriously sends a telegram proposing marriage to Tarji, which touches off a political tempest in a teapot when Tarji responds by visiting the United States. The State Department decides that someone should look after Tarji while she's in America, and who should be given the assignment but Effie; to Clemson's chagrin, Effie uses her time with Tarji to enlighten her about the more liberated status of women in the West. By the way, don't bother looking for Bukistan in your atlas, the country doesn't really exist. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Herschel McCoy Best Black and White Costume Design 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Helen Rose Best Black and White Costume Design 1953 Nominee

Cast

Cary Grant
as Clemson Reade
Deborah Kerr
as Priscilla "Effie" Effington
Walter Pidgeon
as Walter McBride
Betta St. John
as Tarji
Eduard Franz
as Khan
Buddy Baer
as Vizier
Don Randolph
as Ali
Bruce Bennett
as Charlie Elkwood
Richard Anderson
as Henry Malvine
Gloria Holden
as Mrs. Landwell
June Clayworth
as Mrs. Elkwood
Dean Miller
as George
Steve Forrest
as Louis
Jonathan Cott
as Marine
Patricia Tiernan
as Pat
John Alvin
Jean Andren
as Bit
Faire Binney
as Mrs. Parker
Gail Bonney
as "Mommy"
Steve Carruthers
Edward Cassidy
as Customs Official
Jack Chefe
as Captain
Donald Dillaway
Kathleen Freeman
as Chambermaid
Jack George
as Clarence
Bernie Gozier
Dabbs Greer
as Elevator Boy
William Hamel
as Reporter
Aram Katcher
as Bukistanian/Messenger
Hassan Khayyam
as Bukistanian Priest
Marjorie Liszt
as Woman Cab Driver
Alphonse Martell
as Headwaiter
Bert Moorhouse
as Attlow
Jimmy Moss
as Small Boy
Virginia Mullen
as Annie
Forbes Murray
Robert Nichols
as Elevator Boy
Rudy Rama
as Servant
Dick Rich
as Delivery Man
Vernon Rich
as McBride's Assistant
Gordon Richards
as Sir Cecil
Kay Riehl
as Woman
Perry Sheehan
as Evelyn the Receptionist
Harry Stanton
Charles Sullivan
as Truck Driver
William Vedder
as Old Man
Gayne Whitman
as Men at Airport
Dorothy Kennedy
Allen O'Locklin
as Clerk
Beryl McCutcheon
Les Tremayne
as Ken Landwell
Lillian Culver
as Woman at Airport
Jim Cronin
Hassan Khayyam
as Bukistanian Priest
Dick Rich
as Delivery Man
Alphonse Martell
as Headwaiter
Kay Riehl
as Woman
Jack Chefe
as Captain
Edward Cassidy
as Customs Official
Gayne Whitman
as Men at Airport
Gordon Richards
as Sir Cecil
Virginia Mullen
as Annie
Lillian Culver
as Woman at Airport
Gail Bonney
as "Mommy"
Vernon Rich
as McBride's Assistant
Marjorie Liszt
as Woman Cab Driver
Les Tremayne
as Ken Landwell
Kathleen Freeman
as Chambermaid
Jack George
as Clarence
Dabbs Greer
as Elevator Boy
William Hamel
as Reporter
Perry Sheehan
as Evelyn the Receptionist
Jimmy Moss
as Small Boy
Allen O'Locklin
as Clerk
Bert Moorhouse
as Attlow
Faire Binney
as Mrs. Parker
William Vedder
as Old Man
Charles Sullivan
as Truck Driver
Jean Andren
as Bit
Robert Nichols
as Elevator Boy
Rudy Rama
as Servant
Aram Katcher
as Bukistanian/Messenger

Crew

Sidney Sheldon
Director
Dore Schary
Producer
Sidney Sheldon
Screenwriter
Milton Krasner
Cinematographer
Conrad Salinger
Composer (Music Score)
Charles Wolcott
Songwriter
Jamshid Sheibani
Songwriter
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Herschel McCoy
Costume Designer
Helen Rose
Costume Designer
Douglas Shearer
Sound/Sound Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
Arnold A. Gillespie
Special Effects
William J. Tuttle
Makeup
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