Despite the fine performances by the two leads, this film never quite delivers the satirical punch it thinks it does. Kaye is a Jewish refugee stuck in Paris shortly before the Nazis arrive. He manages to get hold of a car and takes along one passenger, an anti-Semitic Polish colonel played
by Jurgens. Putting his prejudice on hold to save his skin, Jurgens has his driver stop and pick up girl friend Maurey. But Kaye's wit and charm appeal to her and she switches her affections to him, much to the chagrin of Jurgens. The trio hide in a castle to escape the Germans but are captured
anyway. Kaye pretends that Jurgens is a long lost cousin and they work their way out ...