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Waltz of the Toreadors (1962)

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This is the end of a glorious military career: General Leo Fitzjohn retires to his Sussex manor where he will write his memoirs. Unfortunately, his private life is a disaster: a confirmed ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Dany Robin ...
Margaret Leighton ...
John Fraser ...
Lt. Robert Finch
Dr. Grogan
Estella Fitzjohn
Denise Coffey ...
Sidonia Fitzjohn
Jean Anderson ...
Raymond Huntley ...
Ackroyd, Court President
Cardew Robinson ...
Midgley the Undertaker
John Glyn-Jones ...
Jenkins the Innkeeper
Rev. Grimsley
Vanda Godsell ...
Mrs. Emma Bulstrode, Dress Shop Proprietor
Catherine Feller ...
Rosemary, the young maid


This is the end of a glorious military career: General Leo Fitzjohn retires to his Sussex manor where he will write his memoirs. Unfortunately, his private life is a disaster: a confirmed womanizer, Leo has infuriated his wife Emily, now a shrewish and hypochondriac woman, all the more bitter as she still loves him. The General has two plain-looking daughters he dislikes and an attractive French mistress, Ghislaine, with whom he has had a platonic affair for seventeen years. When Ghislaine resurfaces, determined to complete her love with him and to get rid of Emily, Leo is at a loss what to do... Written by Guy Bellinger

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19 September 1962 (France)  »

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Waltz of the Toreadors  »

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1.66 : 1
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Finnish censorship certificate # T-63112 delivered on 6-9-1989. See more »


Mrs. Emma Bulstrode, Dress Shop Proprietor: We have to perform miracles to make beauties out of these girls.
Gen. Leo Fitzjohn: That's more than their mother could do.
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Pretty well acted but amazingly dull after a while
12 November 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

To me, this seemed like a one-joke kind of film where the joke isn't all that funny to begin with--certainly not enough to sustain a film. Peter Sellers plays a horny old general who has just retired from the British army circa 1908 or so. Over the course of the film, you learn that not only does he hate his wife but can't keep his eyes off other women. An old flame returns and you think they might run off together, but only moments later he's chasing some other tart. That is pretty much the entire film. Peter does a nice job imitating this sexual libertine and rotten family man who constantly tells his daughters they are stupid and ugly. While I guess his cruelty is supposed to be funny, I didn't particularly care for it.

The bottom line is that the acting is just fine, but the script is not. There just isn't enough to support a movie and my interest wained about mid-way through the film.

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