Play of the Week: Season 1, Episode 6

The Waltz of the Toreadors (16 Nov. 1959)

TV Episode  -  Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
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This is the end of a glorious military career: General Leo Fitzjohn retires to his Sussex manor where he will write his memoirs. Unfortunately, his private life is a disaster: a confirmed ... See full summary »

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This is the end of a glorious military career: General Leo Fitzjohn retires to his Sussex manor where he will write his memoirs. Unfortunately, his private life is a disaster: a confirmed womanizer, Leo has infuriated his wife Emily, now a shrewish and hypochondriac woman, all the more bitter as she still loves him. The General has two plain-looking daughters he dislikes and an attractive French mistress, Ghislaine, with whom he has had a platonic affair for seventeen years. When Ghislaine resurfaces, determined to complete her love with him and to get rid of Emily, Leo is at a loss what to do... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Absolutely perfect farce
16 October 2003 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

What a marvelous concoction this was. Perfectly cast, delightfully performed, superbly directed. What a tragedy this version cannot be seen today. With the exception of Peter Sellers, the film version was a travesty, more along the lines of chitty chitty bang bang.


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