Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Le Mensonge de Nina Petrova (The Lie of Nina Petrova) was filmed in 1937, one year before its director, Russian-born Victor Tourjansky, set up shop in Germany. The titular Nina, played by Isa Miranda, wants to romantically pursue the dashing Lieutenant Franz Korff, played by Fernand Gravet. To do this, it is necessary for Nina to tell a lie, which starts harmlessly but snowballs into a disastrous situation. The film's Continental ambience didn't play well in the American hinterlands, but did go over in larger, more cosmopolitan communities. Critics in 1938 were moved to comment that star Fernand Gravet was infinitely more effective in this film than he's been in his recent Hollywood efforts.