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The Pumpkin Eater (1964) Poster

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The final film project of Cedric Hardwicke.
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Patricia Neal was offered the lead, but it was not 100% confirmed she would get the role. She then opted, to her later regret, to make Psyche 59 (1964) instead, since it was an official offer.
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The film never explains its title, which refers to a traditional child's rhyme: "Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater/Had a wife, but couldn't keep her;/So he put her in a shell/And there he kept her very well." This serves as the epigraph of Penelope Mortimer's original novel.
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It took Bancroft and Finch two-and-a-half days to film their 45 second fight sequence.
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Despite being given both above the title and third billed, James Mason does not turn up until 55 minutes in and only has a few scenes.
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