A BREATH OF SCANDAL
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Paul says he doesn't want money. What he wants is for Olympia to spend the weekend with him back at the hunting lodge.
She comes rather as a sacrificial lamb and is very stiff and formal with him.
Meanwhile her mother is telling everyone, including her father, that she is sick with measles and no one can see her.
She expects that Paul will come to her bed as part of the bargain
but when she's in her nightgown and in bed, he comes in and puts a book on the covers
which entirely shocks her as she actually doesn't find the thought of him in her bed the least unpleasant.
Back out in the living room, Paul drinks a whole lot of that medicine that makes you sleepy so he won't be tempted in the night.
She waits and waits for him to come to her bed and when he doesn't, she gets up and looks out in the living room.
He is completely zonked.
The next morning she asks him why he did that.
He says it was because he loves her too much to force her to go to bed with him as part of a deal. She is really touched by that and tells him
she loves him, too. He thinks that means she will marry him.
But she tells him she intends to marry Rupert and Paul can be her lover.
He is appalled at the idea
and tells her to get her things together because he's driving her back to Vienna.
In Vienna it has been discovered there was no measles and that she went away with a man. The emperor summons her to court.
Her father goes in with her and somehow the emperor has decided not to exile her again.
She has a private talk with her father. Maurice Chevalier is just great in this role and when she tells him that she loves Paul, he lets her
in on a secret...that in all the years he's been married to her mother, he has never been unfaithful to her and that every Thursday he takes
the wife of his aide out to dinner just so people think he is having an affair in order to maintain his reputation. He tells her he loves her
mother dearly and she points out her mother was a princess so there was no real choice involved like she would have to make with Paul
And Philip says, "Love is always a choice, hour by hour, day by day, you choose love or you don't."
She decides to try to catch Paul, who is leaving Vienna in disgust.
She steps out too close to his car and is knocked down.
She's not hurt and he asks where he should take her and she says, "Pittsburgh."
So off they drive to Pittsburgh which is, of course, the very best ending any film could possibly have.
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