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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 »
Like two entirely different films crammed together.
"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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