Grigory Alexandrov's attempt to import the American musical comedy form into the Soviet Union was conceived by its director as "an eccentric comedy…a real side-splitter." When Marion Dixon, an American circus artiste, falls in love with a Russian engineer, her manager tries to blackmail her by revealing that she has given birth to a child out of wedlock. His plot backfires when she finds happiness and acceptance among the Soviet people.
Arch Getty is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He specializes on the Stalinist period and the history of the Soviet Communist Party. His numerous books and articles have been published in the US, England, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Japan and Russia. His recent publications include Yezhov: The Rise of Stalin's "Iron Fist" (Yale University Press, 2008) and The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932-1939 (Yale University Press, 1999). Getty’s research has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the International Research and Exchanges Board, and the University of California Humanities Research Institute.