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 Davis looks through the telescope after leaving lunch, the view of the telescope follows the people walking. Davis did not move the telescope to follow them, it was in the same position after the view returned to Dabis. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963) See more »


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Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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One of the finest feel-good comedies ever made!
29 April 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I watch this movie regularly and it never fails to bring pleasure and a smile. It is a comedy, not a Shakespearean drama, yet it seems I find fresh significance in some expression or phrase each time I watch.

Often, when watching a movie, I think how much better it would be with small script changes or a different cast - not so with this gem.

Hope Lange - beautiful and spoiled, but intelligent and innately wholesome. Glenn Ford - a ruggedly attractive foil for her, having already experienced life in the 'fast lane' he is not tempted by her riches, only her. Charles Boyer - the perfect cultured bon vivant who is still believable as a man of principles rather than just an 'opportunist'.

Telly Savalas and Ricardo Montalban probably have the two most challenging roles because they portray men that we could easily come to dislike and/or disrespect; yet each manages to fulfill the comedic requirements and complete the movie with our positive affection.

Even the lesser character roles are delightful. Ruth McDevitt the grandmother - just enough fussiness to be lovable, but a few glimpses of the strong, determined woman of her youth to make it acceptable that she be the instrument of successful resolution. Ulla Jacobsen as the private secretary to Charles Boyer - fiercely loyal, efficient, articulate, and most important, able to be desirably attractive without competing with Miss Lange. Laurence Hardy - Priory(chauffeur), Andre Luguet - Zoltan(chef), and John Wood - Soames(musician) all seem to provide exactly the right seasoning for their roles. I believe it would be a lesser production without any of them.

The music and cinematography are more than adequate with enough truly wonderful 'bits' to satisfy the most discriminating critic of comedy.

A thoroughly wonderful movie for the whole family, made in an age when coarse language, explicit sex, and violence were not 'de rigeur'. I only hope that this will be brought out in DVD format, since my VHS copy has almost expired!

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