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The Grass Is Greener -- Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a liking to more than the house. Soon, Hattie Durant gets involved and they have a good old fashioned love triangle.


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Release Date:
27 February 1961 (Sweden) See more »
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Bright, funny adult comedy set among the titled class in England See more (40 total) »


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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
Noël 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)
Crew verified as complete

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104 min | UK:80 min (VHS version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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Third of four movies that paired Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum.See more »
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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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Bright, funny adult comedy set among the titled class in England, 26 August 2000
Author: Rene' Smeraglia from Washington, DC

The cast is obviously the star of this film, with headliners Grant, Kerr, Mitchum and Simmons each doing a fabulous job in a movie that depends very heavily on intelligent, witty dialogue strewn with double-entendres. The subject is adultery, and whether one (Grant) should make a public fuss when his wife (Kerr) is being swept off her feet by a rich American (Mitchum). Mix in a beautiful, if somewhat dotty, friend (Simmons) who makes sly observances throughout. Although set in England of the late 50s, the film doesn't show much countryside and occasionally feels a bit claustrophobic as the action takes place on a very few sets. The film feels like it has stage origins, and it plays much like Neil Simon's better film adaptations (e.g. California Suite, Barefoot in the Park). If you are a fan of any of these stars, this movie will entertain you.

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