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The Honey Pot (1967)

 |  Comedy, Crime  |  22 May 1967 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Lone Star Crockett Sheridan
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Princess Dominique
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Merle McGill
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Sarah Watkins
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Oscar Ludwig (scenes deleted)
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Tailor (scenes deleted)
Cy Grant ...
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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 alfiehitchie

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You are cordially invited to enjoy a perfectly elegant case of murder!

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22 May 1967 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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The film opened first in London, some two months before its American opening. At its premiere, it ran to 150 minutes, and almost all British reviews commented on its being overlong. By the time it went on general release in Britain, it had been cut by 18 minutes, and this version is the one shown on television and released on DVD. Herschel Bernardi, prominently billed in the original advertising, had had his role deleted entirely, whilst Massimo Serato appears only for a second or two in Capucine's first scene. (There is a brief and now-inexplicable reference to the Bernardi character late in the film.) Both actors are, however, featured in the cast-list at the end of the film, although Serato's surname is mis-spelled as "Serrato". See more »

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Like two entirely different films crammed together.
1 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Honey Pot" was not successful when it was released. I assume much of this is because the film is VERY unusual. The first half is a clever comedy but midway through the film, it abruptly becomes a murder mystery. The end result is a film that seems like two different films chopped apart and glued together. For me, I wish it had stuck with the comedy throughout--it would have been a better film.

The film is about a very rich man (Rex Harrison) who has decided to enact his own real-life version of the Ben Johnson play "Valpone". It's a play in which a man pretends to be dying and does this to fool his friends. Like "Valpone" (which literally means 'the fox'), Harrison's name is Fox. However, in this case, Fox has invited his three ex-wives to his home--telling them through his secretary (Cliff Robertson) that he's dying. However, instead of this complicated plan being seen through to the end, folks start dying. What gives?! The film has a nice cast. In addition to Harrison and Robertson, there are the wives (Capucine, Edie Adams and Susan Hayward--who is quite entertaining). Also, Adolfo Celi and Maggie Smith are along for support. However, despite the story being directed by the brilliant Joseph L. Mankiewicz, it just didn't work. It wasn't just that the film was two different films but the ending was VERY talky and had to explain everything to the audience--which was very awkward. Overall, the film is also a bit overlong. For me, despite some nice performances, it just didn't work.


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