Captain Vinka Kovalenko (Katharine Hepburn) – a serious-minded and officious female pilot from the Soviet Union – defects to the West because of the way women are treated by the patriarchy in her home country (she has been passed over for a promotion which went to a male colleague).
USAF officer Captain Chuck Lockwood (Bob Hope) is ordered by the State Department to introduce her to some of the gaiety of London nightlife as a propaganda exercise to showcase the capitalist ideal.
Kovalenko is determined to convince Chuck of the superiority of Communism and hatches a plan to take him back to Moscow to parade as an example of a liberated western male embracing Communism.
Meanwhile, military officials at the Soviet Trade Mission based in London are of the belief that Kovalenko defected for love (for Chuck) and enlist the aid of one of her past unsuccessful suitors – mild-mannered engineer Ivan Kropotkin (Robert Helpmann) – to woo her back to the Soviet Union.
Also in the mix is Chuck’s wealthy, aristocratic British fiancée, Lady Constance Warburton-Watts (Noelle Middleton).
There are some great supporting roles by British actors including James Robertson Justice, Sid James, David Kossoff and Richard Wattis, but the film is a dire slice of ridiculous nonsense.
Captain Chuck Lockwood
Captain Vinka Kovalenko
Lady Constance Warburton-Watts
Colonel Vladimir Denisovich Sklarnoff
James Robertson Justice
Dr Anton Antonovich Dubratz
Colonel Newton Tarbell
Major Osip Feodor Ganovich