On the French Riviera, a professional matchmaker assisted by an American adventurer arranges for convenience marriages between titled impoverished aristocratic men and rich low-bred women.



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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 ...
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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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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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The Grand Duke and Mr. Pimm  »

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'Glenn Ford (I)' was 17 years older than Hope Lange. Despite this age gap, Ford outlived Lange by 20 years, passing away in 2006 at age 90, three years after Lange died in 2003 at age 70. Ricardo Montalban was 13 years older than Lange, and also outlived her, in his case by 18 years, passing away in 2009 at age 88. Of the four actors portraying the two couples, Ulla Jacobsson had the shortest lifespan, passing away in 1982 at age 53. See more »


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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Millie's Theme
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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Very funny, and entertaining.
24 June 2000 | by (Washington,USA) – See all my reviews

Loved it. One of my all time favorites. Glenn ford is great, Mr Boyer is a real hoot, and the young Ricardo Montalban is a delight. Does anyone know who owns the rights? I would love to see it again. Been waiting for years. Please e-mail me. Thank you for reading this.

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