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On marrying the boss's daughter, Richard takes his father-in-law's advice to hire a live-in domestic. He soon finds good help is hard to come by. Run-ins follow with dipsomaniacs, bank ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Craig ...
Richard Barry
Anne Heywood ...
Mrs. Kate Barry
Ingrid (as Myléne Demongeot)
Sidney James ...
P.C. Edwards
Joan Hickson ...
Joan Sims ...
Joseph Tomelty ...
Arthur Farringdon
Nora Nicholson ...
Edith Farringdon
Daniel Massey ...
Wesley Cotes
Austin Willis ...
Margalo Gillmore ...
Mrs. McGuffey
Reginald Beckwith ...
Cyril Chamberlain ...


On marrying the boss's daughter, Richard takes his father-in-law's advice to hire a live-in domestic. He soon finds good help is hard to come by. Run-ins follow with dipsomaniacs, bank robbers, a Welsh lass who takes one look at London and runs, and an Italian charmer who turns the place into a bawdy house. Then when Ingrid arrives from Sweden things actually start to get complicated. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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2 November 1959 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Las pícaras doncellas  »

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12 February 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

When a young couple marry, the father of the bride hires a maid to look after them. Proving completely unsuitable, the couple embark on a series of hilarious attempts to find a replacement.

A curious film this, rather subversive (for 1959), episodic in feel and strangely (but effectively) mixing farce with poignancy. The leads are attractive, but the show is repeatedly stolen by a brilliant supporting cast. From Hickson's hysterically funny turn as the inebriated, dog-owning housekeeper Rosemary (her drunken ascending of the stairs is a delight) to Demongeot's joyously natural performance as Ingrid, the entire production is hugely entertaining and barking mad!

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