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Etienne makes a good living out of marrying off poor but titled young men to rich but untitled young ladies. Millicent is now in his sights on the Riviera, and Grand Duke Gaspar is the bait... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lathrop Davis
Millicent 'Millie' Mehaffey
M. Etienne Pimm
Duke Gaspard Ducluzeau
Dr. Christian Gump (Millie's uncle)
Georgette Anys ...
Mme. Gallou
Robert Bettoni ...
Mony Dalmès ...
Mme. Fernier
Laurence Hardy ...
Jean Le Maitre ...
André Luguet ...
Maurice Zoltan
Jean Parédès ...
Redmond Phillips ...


Etienne makes a good living out of marrying off poor but titled young men to rich but untitled young ladies. Millicent is now in his sights on the Riviera, and Grand Duke Gaspar is the bait. But what if Millicent starts to fancy planted chauffeur John instead, and Gaspar takes a shine to Etienne's secretary Janine? Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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The hilariously mad story of all the best things in life that are not free... and the one thing that definitely is!


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14 May 1963 (West Germany)  »

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40 Millionen suchen einen Mann  »

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When Millie and Davis first go to the lookout where winning drivers are commemorated, Mille reads out some of the drivers' names. One of these is 'Brabham", but she mispronounces the name with a long 'a' as 'Braybham' rather than with a short 'a' as in 'cat'. See more »


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Undemanding fluff, agreeably cast...
15 September 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Director David Swift also co-wrote this harmless movie-adaptation of Lindsay Hardy's book "The Grand Duke and Mr. Pimm" about an American heiress on the French Riviera unknowingly set up by a marriage broker to fall in love with a handsome, klutzy Duke; unfortunately for all, he's secretly in love with the broker's secretary and she has eyes for a temporarily-grounded boat captain, now working for the matchmaker in confidence. Despite lush locations, the picture doesn't look as marvelous as it should--nor do the comically mad circumstances sparkle like the plots of those nutty romantic outings of the 1930s. Still, the cast makes the most of it, with leads Glenn Ford and Hope Lange (then a real-life dating twosome) enjoying terrific chemistry. First-rate supporting work from Ricardo Montalban, Charles Boyer, Telly Savalas, and character actor John Wood (who disappears after the first-third). **1/2 from ****

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