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Director:
Writers:
Hugh Williams (screenplay) and
Margaret Vyner (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 February 1961 (Sweden) See more »
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Ever See a Four-Sided Triangle? See more »
Plot:
Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations See more »
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very British, very arch, very enjoyable See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Victor Rhyall, Earl

Deborah Kerr ... Lady Hilary Rhyall

Robert Mitchum ... Charles Delacro

Jean Simmons ... Hattie Durant
Moray Watson ... Trevor Sellers, the Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Benham ... Hairdresser's Receptionist (uncredited)
Elisabeth Orion ... Fair-Haired Woman (uncredited)
Gwen Watford ... Hairdresser's Receptionist (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Donen 
 
Writing credits
Hugh Williams (screenplay) and
Margaret Vyner (screenplay) (as Margaret Williams)

Hugh Williams (play) and
Margaret Vyner (play) (as Margaret Williams)

Produced by
Stanley Donen .... producer
James H. Ware .... associate producer (as James Ware)
Cary Grant .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jim Clark  (as James Clark)
 
Art Direction by
Paul Sheriff 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist
Gordon Bond .... hair stylist
John O'Gorman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Richard B. Goodwin .... unit manager (as Richard Goodwin)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Stevens .... assistant director
Michael Stevenson .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Claude Watson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Maurice Askew .... sound recordist
John Cox .... sound supervisor
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist
Peter Musgrave .... dubbing editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Dempster .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hardy Amies .... clothes: Miss Kerr
John Wilson-Apperson .... wardrobe supervisor (as John Wilson Apperson)
 
Editorial Department
Mary Kessel .... assistant editor
Russ Hill .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Douglas Gamley .... music arranger
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Len Stevens .... music arranger
Noel Coward .... composer: original theme (uncredited)
Douglas Gamley .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Shirley Barnes .... continuity girl
Maurice Binder .... title designer: main title
Mike Kaplan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Maurice Landsberger .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Una Pearl .... double (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
104 min | UK:80 min (VHS version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video re-rating) (1999) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) | USA:Approved (certificate #19674)

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Trivia:
Originally Cary Grant turned down the role of Victor. Afterwards the role was subsequently offered to his friend Rex Harrison and he accepted. However right before production began, Harrison's wife fell gravely ill and he was forced to leave the production in order to tend to her. Grant, out of respect for cast and crew, and to keep the filming running according to schedule, decided then to finally take the part.See more »
Quotes:
Victor Rhyall, Earl:Sellers, have you seen my bible?
Trevor Sellers, the Butler:I'm afraid I've got it. I wanted to look something up.
Victor Rhyall, Earl:First you borrow my times, now you pinch my bible. That's democracy running amok!
Trevor Sellers, the Butler:I'm extremely sorry, Mylord. I'll put it back beside your bed.
Victor Rhyall, Earl:Anyway, you should have a bible of your own!
Trevor Sellers, the Butler:Well, the one you're using is mine, Mylord.
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24 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
very British, very arch, very enjoyable, 14 April 2000

This delightful film's script is a descendant of the sort of archly witty portrayals of British upper-class life that came from the pens of Somerset Maugham and Noel Coward (one of whose songs serves as musical lead-in, and at least one of whose tunes ["Mad About the Boy" - listen for it] serves as background music to comment on the action). The atmosphere of this sort of comedy may be a bit foreign to American tastes (the whole topic of infidelity is discussed in such a civilized and gentlemanly fashion among the parties- Stiff Upper Lip and all that - where Americans would be screaming at each other and going for weaponry) but as a devotee of British drama I enjoyed the movie hugely. It's a stellar cast - everyone shines, right down to Moray Watson in the small but delicious part of the befuddled butler Sellers. Jean Simmons is especially enjoyable in her out-of-character portrayal as the outspokenly vampish Hattie. Despite opinions below to the contrary, the incomparable Cary Grant fills the part of this down-at-the-heels English Lord like old brandy fills a crystal decanter. The sumptuous setting of the baronial manor and the high production values make the film beautiful to look at, to boot. (The fact that the unfortunate Lord is forced to open his manor to paying visitors to support his lifestyle is based on the historical truth of the confiscatory tax policies imposed on the British hereditary gentry by post-WWII Labor governments; everyone is entitled to their own opinions on these policies, but be assured the film makes no political comment).

It does stretch the imagination a tad that Victor could treat the whole issue of his wife's infidelity - going on right in front of his nose - in such a dispassionate manner, but that is a characteristic of this genre. Further, Grant manages to convince us that, beneath his outer imperturability, his wife's disloyalty has pained him deeply and he could not stand to lose her.

This is a not-well-known film whose appeal might be a bit specialized, but I think it's a minor gem. And I could not omit mentioning the charming opening credits with their bevy of delightfully cavorting babies.

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