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The Truth About Women (1957)

Unrated | | Comedy , Drama | October 1957 (UK)
A man recalls his relationships with the women he loved as he tries to help another man try to understand them as well.


Muriel Box


Muriel Box (screenplay), Sydney Box (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Harvey ... Sir Humphrey Tavistock
Julie Harris ... Helen Cooper
Diane Cilento ... Ambrosine Viney
Mai Zetterling ... Julie
Eva Gabor ... Louise Tiere
Roland Culver ... Charles Tavistock
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Sir George Tavistock
Marius Goring ... Otto Kerstein
Michael Denison ... Rollo
Jocelyn Lane ... Saida (as Jackie Lane)
Derek Farr ... Anthony
Elina Labourdette ... Comtesse
Griffith Jones ... Sir Jeremy
Katie Boyle ... Diana (as Catherine Boyle)
Lisa Gastoni ... Mary Maguire


A man recalls his relationships with the women he loved as he tries to help another man try to understand them as well.

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Comedy | Drama


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English | French

Release Date:

October 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Verdade Acerca das Mulheres See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Beaconsfield Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)


Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sir Humphrey Tavistock: And I never saw her again from that day to this.
Anthony: Now that's the kind of woman I really admire.
Ambrosine Viney: [on entering the room] I do hope you're taking about me.
Sir Humphrey Tavistock: Oh, Ambrosine, so you're back. You, er, know this young man?
Ambrosine Viney: I've heard a great deal about him in the last five days. How do you do, Lady Tavistock?
Ambrosine Viney: How do you do?
Anthony: [to Sir Humphrey] Did you say "Ambrosine"?
Sir Humphrey Tavistock: That's right. Oh, erm, I eventually caught up with her and finally she allowed me to marry her.
[to Ambrosine]
Sir Humphrey Tavistock: Did Diana come back with you?
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Little truth and less entertainment
20 October 2018 | by rhoda-9See all my reviews

This is one of those English mystery movies--it's a mystery as to what it's supposed to be about, what the audience is supposed to feel, why it was made... Laurence Harvey, that sly little sexpot, is cast as a terribly nice chap with a titled and ostensibly wealthy father who goes around the world having sexless relationships with women of different nationalities. He marries one after being stuck in a lift with her for a few hours and deciding he is in love. (They have had a nice chat--can't you see the face James Bond is making?)

The writing is banal and keeps hinting at something saucy or comic that never materialises. Though the movie is set in the years before and during World War I, everything is in a Fifties high-fashion palette of sugar-almond colours--pastel blue and green, mauve. If I had to pick one moment that exemplifies the phoniness, it's when Harvey dons native dress and greasepaint in order to sneak into a harem to save an innocent girl (yes, that old thing). Reminded by his chum that he must not speak, he enthusiastically agrees by rolling his eyes, jerking his head to one side, striking a pose, and sticking his tongue all the way out. In other words, he behaves not at all like a young Englishman of the early twentieth century and entirely like an actor throwing himself into an acting exercise.

I laughed once.

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