That's an interesting point. I'm not sure I agree but it's certainly worth thinking about. By the way, welcome to HTF.I take your point about John Lund's performance, but want to dissent. MacMurray and Grant would have been too "good" for the role. Lund's blandness works perfectly in that Captain Pringle is bland--he only assumes color in his proximity to Erika (Wilder was always careful to show the distinction between European and American sensibilities). MacMurray and Grant would have overwhelmed the role and cast into the shadow the contrast between Phoebe and Erika (similar to the contrast between Betty and Norma in SUNSET BLVD.).