At his mother's funeral, stuffy bank clerk Henry Pulling meets his Aunt Augusta, an elderly eccentric with more-than-shady dealings, who pulls him along on a whirlwind adventure, as she attempts to rescue an old lover. Written by
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was initially approached by her friend George Cukor
to star in the movie. She read the book by Graham Greene
, but since it was a series of short stories, she didn't think it could be adapted into a film. However, she agreed to star in it after reading the book a few times. Jay Presson Allen
wrote the screenplay, but when Hepburn was unhappy with the result, Allen suggested that she re-write it herself. Hepburn worked on the script for three months, but when she submitted it, MGM studio head James T. Aubrey
felt that her script was missing the charm of the book. Also, Aubrey felt that Hepburn was too old to play Aunt Augusta in flashback scenes. Aubrey called Hepburn to tell her that the project had been postponed, but the next day, Hepburn's agent called to report that she had been released by MGM for "failing to report to work." Hepburn considered suing MGM for payment for her script work, but decided against it. According to Jay Presson Allen, one speech from Hepburn's script was included in the film, but Hepburn was not given screen credit because she wasn't a member of the Screen Writer's Guild. See more
Steward! More champagne.
But we're just about to land.
Then you'll have to hurry, won't you?
Referenced in Frasier: Travels with Martin
Serenade of Love
Lyrics by Jackie Trent
Music by Tony Hatch
Performed by Petula Clark See more