Watch Cup of coffee without cream
watch a funny scene with Greta Garbo as Nina Ivanovna Ninotchka Yakushova and Melvyn Douglas as Count Leon d'Algout, clip from Ninotchka (1939) film.
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[The scene takes place in a restaurant where Ninotchka wants to eat and where Leon, who was following her, enters and meets her as if by chance. He sits down at her table, and seeing that she is very serious, he tries to make her laugh by telling her a series of jokes, which he thought were very funny. As these jokes did not have the expected effect, Leon makes one last attempt.]
LEON: I'll give you one more chance. Here goes. When I first heard this joke,
I laughed myself sick
Here goes. A man comes into a restaurant. He sits down at the table and he says,
"Waiter, bring me a cup of coffee without cream"
Five minutes later, the waiter comes back and says "I'm sorry, sir. We have no cream. Can it be without milk?"
[At the other tables in the restaurant, all consumers burst out laughing. Leon also laughs at his own joke and satisfactorily asks the laughing consumers:]
LEON: It's good, isn't it?
[But Ninotchka impassive, continues to eat. Not a muscle trembles on her face. Annoyed that his joke had no reaction from the lady, Leon asks her:]
LEON: Not funny?
LEON: Well, it is funny!
Everybody else thought it was funny
Maybe you didn't get the point. I'll tell it to you again. A man comes into a restaurant. Did you get that?
LEON: All right. He sits down at the table and he says to the waiter... Did you get that?
LEON: It isn't funny so far, but wait a minute. He says to the waiter, "Waiter, bring me a cup of coffee." Five minutes later, the waiter comes and says: "I'm sorry, sir, we're all out of coffee." No, you've got me all mixed up now. Sits down at the table, says, "Bring me a cup of coffee." That's it. He says, "Bring me a cup of coffee without cream." Five minutes later, the waiter comes back and says: "I'm sorry, sir. We have no cream. Can it be a glass of milk?" You have no sense of humor! None whatsoever. Not a grain of humor in you. There's not a laugh in you. Everybody else laughs at it, but not you.
[Annoyed that all the jokes he told them had no effect on Ninotchka, he pulls his chair away from the table they were sitting at and leans on the neighboring table in the restaurant, at which point he becomes unbalanced and falls.]
NINOTCHKA AND ALL CONSUMERS: Ha-ha-ha-ha!
LEON: What's so funny about this?
Watch another clip with the same protagonists. The film was made for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by producer and director Ernst Lubitsch, written by Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, and Walter Reisch, based on a screen story by Melchior Lengyel. Was Garbo's first full comedy.
It is one of the reference films for both actors, Douglas completing the great star Greta Garbo, who has very successfully explored in this film her resources in approaching romantic comedy. Ninotchka received four Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Original Story, and Best Screenplay.
Leon's story about asking for coffee without cream is similar to Stan Laurel asking Charlie Hall for ice cream "without chocolate" in "Come Clean."