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Idiot's Delight

Idiot's Delight(1939)


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Harry Van, a small-time entertainer, returns from the war to find his career on the skids. While working as an assistant to a tipsy mind reader in Omaha, Harry meets Irene, an acrobat with a fertile imagination, who tries to convince him that they should form their own telepathy act. After a brief romance, they part at the end of their bookings, separating with a casual goodbye. Several years later, Harry is touring Europe with his six-girl song and dance team when, en route to Geneva, the border is closed and his troupe is forced to stay over at a hotel near an aviation field. When Irene, sporting blonde hair and a Russian accent, appears at the hotel as a traveling companion to munitioneer Achille Weber, Harry dimly recognizes her, but she repels all his efforts to refresh her memory of Omaha. Amid rumors of war, hysterical pacifist Quillery incites the hotel guests and confronts Captain Kirvline, an army officer who is forced to commit distasteful acts in the line of duty. When the bombers at the nearby fields stage an air raid, the guests are forced to evacuate the area. As the airbase awaits retaliation, the borders are reopened for the guests to leave. However, when Weber leaves Irene behind with a faulty passport, she bids Harry a final farewell and reveals their liaison in Omaha. After seeing his girls safely off, Harry returns to the hotel, and while bombs burst around them, he and Irene pledge their love.