Because Garbo laughed in 1939's NINOTCHKA, MGM moguls got the mistaken idea in their heads that the great, mysterious Swede should be Americanized and put into a comedy. The result was a new Garbo--her husky voice still intact, but her hair bobbed, and her enigmatic persona misguided into
frivolous dancing, skiing, and swimming (with an awful rubber cap covering her gorgeous hair). The final film is today still a watchable comedy, but it turns Garbo into something she's not. In retaliation, Garbo, still beautiful at age 37, left movies for good. Garbo stars as a ski instructor who
gives lessons to gentlemanly playboy Douglas. Soon after, they marry, despite the fac...