A lady always kisses a gentleman’s hand… oh, wait… Animated GIF


Agda Nielson’s spunky maid, Mizi, steals the film in Lubitsch’s The Merry Jail. The clever girl borrows her mistress’s evening gown and crashes a party being held by a Russian prince. She hopes to fill up on champagne, foie gras and maybe even catch herself a rich lover. Of course, Mizi succeeds brilliantly but there are a few missteps. For example, she guesses at the proper response to the prince kissing her hand…

(The movie is available as an extra on the Criterion release of Trouble in Paradise.)