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Toys in the Attic (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama | 31 July 1963 (USA)
Julian Berniers and Lily Prine have just gotten married. They have been in Chicago on business before returning to their home town of New Orleans, where they will meet with Julian's older ... See full summary »

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Julian Berniers and Lily Prine have just gotten married. They have been in Chicago on business before returning to their home town of New Orleans, where they will meet with Julian's older spinster sisters, Anna and Carrie, who still live in the long time unpaid for family home. Anna and Carrie, as the elder siblings, have long kept Julian afloat during his wheeling and dealings. Julian has largely kept Lily in the dark about his activities, including the mysterious meetings he has had in New Orleans in the week prior to meeting up with Anna and Carrie. Despite losing the factory in Chicago, Julian comes bearing expensive gifts for his sisters, including paying off the house and a trip for both of them to Europe, something that they have long talked about wanting to do. Because of this money, Lily believes that her wealthy mother, Albertine Prine, may have paid Julian to marry her to get rid of her. Things change for the women in Julian's life when they learn that he has been meeting ... Written by Huggo

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The celebrated play that shocked Broadway comes boldly alive on the screen! ADULTS ONLY! See more »

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1n 1960, female cast members announced were Katharine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh (parts later taken by Wendy Hiller and Geraldine Page), with Olivia DeHavilland in role eventually played by Gene Tierney. See more »

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[first lines]
Hotel Clerk: Mr. Berniers?
Julian Berniers: Hi.
Hotel Clerk: Mr. Berniers. Mr. Berniers. Now, I hate to bother you, but it's been quite some time now.
Julian Berniers: Oh, relax. Just make up the bill. Make it up in full, you hear? I'll be checking out later today.
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Playing with Toys
9 August 2015 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

After an impressive opening credit sequence, irresponsible Chicago businessman Dean Martin (as Julian Berniers) returns to his devalued New Orleans home with pretty young bride Yvette Mimieux (as Lily Prine). With funds acquired from a dubious land deal, Mr. Martin showers his two spinster sisters with gifts. Apparently, Martin's ship has come in, financially. The elder ladies are happy, but you should be suspicious. Hidden passions surface and a dark family secret is exposed...

Walter Mirisch's lackluster film production of Lillian Hellman's steamy southern play suffers through a miscast leading man and decidedly un-southern pace. With possible good intentions, Ms. Mimieux wanders around vacuously. In a small, but showcased role, motherly Gene Tierney (as Albertine Prine) seems startled by Martin. However, it is good to watch scheming Geraldine Page (as Carrie) and subdued Wendy Hiller (as Anna) milk their roles so skillfully, and the setting is alluring.

***** Toys in the Attic (1963-07-31) George Roy Hill ~ Dean Martin, Geraldine Page, Wendy Hiller, Yvette Mimieux


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