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Love Is a Ball (1963)

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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John Lathrop Davis
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Millicent 'Millie' Mehaffey
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M. Etienne Pimm
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Duke Gaspard Ducluzeau
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Dr. Christian Gump (Millie's uncle)
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Mathilda
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Janine
Georgette Anys ...
Mme. Gallou
Robert Bettoni ...
Milkman
Mony Dalmès ...
Mme. Fernier
Laurence Hardy ...
Priory
Jean Le Maitre ...
Carlo
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Maurice Zoltan
Jean Parédès ...
Freddie
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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. 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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Based on a novel by Lindsay Hardy called "The Grand Duke and Mr. Pimm" See more »

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When the estate agent shows the villa to M.Pimm she quotes the monthly rental at 7,500,000 francs. In 1963 at the exchange rate of 4.901 francs to the US dollar that would be the equivalent of 1.53 million US dollars per month. In 1963 that villa may have been valued at 1.53 million but would hardly have rented for that much. Up to the introduction of the Euro EUR, many French people still counted in and spoke in "anciens francs." So 494 anciens francs were worth 4,94 nouveaux, or the number of anciens francs divided by 100. The "nouveau franc" was introduced on 1 January 1960. In this case 7.5M anciens francs would equal 75,000 nouveaux francs or $15,303, a much more reasonable amount. See more »

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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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