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Inspired by a performance of his favorite play, "Volpone," 20th-century millionaire Cecil Fox devises an intricate plan to trick three of his former mistresses into believing he is dying. Although the women are wealthy in their own right, all have good reason to covet his fortune. To assist him in his scheme, Fox hires William McFly, a gigolo and sometime actor, to act as his secretary/servant. Fox is soon visited at his "deathbed" by the three former mistresses: Merle McGill, a fading Hollywood sex symbol; Princess Dominique, who once took a cruise on Fox's yacht; and Lone Star Crockett, a Texas hypochondriac who travels with an enigmatic nurse/companion. As Fox and McFly act out the charade, things take an unexpected turn from comical farce to full-blown murder mystery. Written by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz first script contained several novelties that never made it to the screen. Among them was a series of memos from a theater-chain owner (made to look as though they had been slipped in front of the projector) that commented on the action taking place. Also, there was to have been a running argument (resembling backstage squabbling) between a theater manager and the actor playing Cecil over such things as lines and cues. See more »
I don't want to sound like a voice for morality, it makes him angry and you angry. But there are some things...
Not gold, perhaps, but still precious. Not negotiable, not even legal tender. Just tender.
Love, for example?
You can't even say it, you poor man, you make it sound like hate.
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Excellent Movie! Terrific Suspense! It kept me guessing and thrilled up to the last minute, something that is rare in movies made today (2006). Rex Harrison in his finest. His dancing was superb! Maggie Smith as Nurse (Moth brain) almost stole the show and Cliff Robertson was especially convincing as an actor and a lawyer. I adored Adolpho Celi who played the Inspector. He was so smooth and gentle almost to lead us to believe he was not very bright but to the contrary. I've always enjoyed Susan Hayward, she gave them movie some spark and gave it life and as Cecil commented after she was gone that things would be dull from now on. Yet it wasn't and the script kept the viewers moving right along. Was there a cameo by Jack Benny playing a street musician?
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