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"BBC Play of the Month" The Millionairess (1972)

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Original Air Date:
25 September 1972 (Season 8, Episode 1)
Epifania is the richest woman in England. She's also strong-willed, highly intelligent, fiercely determined and an expert at Judo... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The wealthiest woman in England finds a new kind of love when she leaves her useless husband for an Egyptian doctor who only tends to the poor. See more (2 total) »


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Directed by
William Slater 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Bernard Shaw  play (as Bernard Shaw)

Produced by
Cedric Messina .... producer
Original Music by
Anthony Isaac 
Production Design by
Eileen Diss 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Wright .... lighting technician
Other crew
Rosemary Hill .... script editor

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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Epifania:[Julius Sagamore has just given her a prescription for poison so that she can commit suicide] You seem tro take my death rather cooly, Mr. Sagamore.
Julius Sagamore:I'm used to it.
Epifania:You mean to say you have so many clients driven to despair that you keep a precription for them?
Julius Sagamore:I do. It's infallible.
Epifania:And you're sure they've all died painlessly and instantaneously?
Julius Sagamore:No, they're all alive.
Epifania:Alive! The prescription's a harmless fraud!
Julius Sagamore:No, it's a deadly poison but they don't take it.
Julius Sagamore:I don't know, but they never do.
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27 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
The wealthiest woman in England finds a new kind of love when she leaves her useless husband for an Egyptian doctor who only tends to the poor., 12 May 2007
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A late comedy from G. B. Shaw about . . . wait for it . . . Economics: or How Britain's Wealthiest Heiress Dumped Her Useless Philandering Husband, Her Useless Ne'er-do-well Escort and Found Happiness With an Egyptian Doctor to the Poor. Shaw wrote this one to be acted in UPPERCASE and that's just how the cast plays in this BBC Play of the Month production. You have to hang in there during the opening scene as Shaw carefully lays out the relationships & themes, but this gives us time to adjust to the larger-than-life theatrical style the stellar cast use. It's no surprise to find Maggie Smith a mannered marvel, but note how subtly she trims her style as the play deepens in feeling & philosophy into a more naturalistic mode without losing Shavian attitude or altitude. (She must prove herself to the good doctor by living for six months on just her wits & labor.) By Act II, Smith's become a warm beauty after her off-putting entrance. Only Wendy Hiller has equaled her at turning Shaw's female paradoxes into people. The play remains minor Shaw, but it grows on you. Nice shiny transfer from the original PAL video system, too.

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