Directed by Blake Edwards • 1982 • United Kingdom, United States
Starring Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston
Blake Edwards’s brilliant boudoir farce stars a never-better Julie Andrews as Victoria Grant, a struggling 1930s cabaret singer who cooks up a scheme that makes her the toast of Paris: pretending to be a man who impersonates a woman and performing under the name Count Victor Grazinski. When the tough-guy Chicago gangster King Marchand (James Garner) walks into her cabaret, sparks fly and the two are inexorably drawn to each other—but Marchand doesn’t know the truth of Victor/Victoria’s secret identity, which she cannot reveal without risking her celebrity and success. Sparkling dialogue, Henry Mancini music, and gender-bending surprises come together in a screwball musical of rare sophistication.