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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 »
NewsDesk:
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mature whit 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:
Cary Grant refused to wear a smoking jacket for one scene, believing that if the audience saw him dressed that way they would immediately lose sympathy with his character. The director later said that a type of old-fashioned comedy died that day.See more »
Quotes:
Trevor Sellers, the Butler:I wonder if I might have a word with you Mylord.
Victor Rhyall, Earl:So do I, so we're both probably right. Now what's the matter, Sellers?
Trevor Sellers, the Butler:As I told you Mylord, I haven't any work to do.
Victor Rhyall, Earl:What about your novel, why aren't you working at that?
Trevor Sellers, the Butler:I'm stuck badly. Nearly tore the whole thing up last night.
Victor Rhyall, Earl:Oh now now, you mustn't do that! What's the trouble?
Trevor Sellers, the Butler:Almost certainly the basic trouble is myself. I'm fundamentally happy and contented. That's bad enough of course. But on top of that, I'm normal. And that's fatal.
Victor Rhyall, Earl:Oh. You mean you prefer to be unhappy and abnormal.
Trevor Sellers, the Butler:Of course! You see, I want to be a success, and to be a success, one must at least start off by being modern. And like yourself Mylord, I'm not. It means I have no feeling of insecurity or frustration. No despair.
Victor Rhyall, Earl:And that's essential?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Silhouettes: The James Bond Titles (2000) (V)See more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
mature whit, 12 October 2001
Author: svannozzi from Mass, USA

This movie has a very mature whit, it is not an "adult film" but young people just won't get it. I watched it the first time in my twenties but did not appreciate it as I did when I saw it in my thirties and had been married for many years. Cary Grant's character is caught with the possibility of loosing the wife that is the center of his world. He must choose between making a fuss or letting her go quietly. He feels if he makes a fuss the choices are she will stay and they will both be unhappy or she will still go and he will have lost his stiff upper lip. The plot is added to by his wife's best friend that would be very happy to console him if his wife leaves. (hey I would be happy to console Cary Grant) The script is a hoot the dialogue lively and cunning. The only real action is a duel at thirty paces that shows who is willing to give his life for the love of his life. The set is a little constraining but the stately homes of Britain are pretty stuffy in real life. The casting of Robert Mitchum as the American millionaire is perfect, he is very American and everyone else is so very British his is really the odd man out.

I enjoy this movie every time and recommend it for a relaxing, amusing evening.

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