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The Grass Is Greener (1960)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 23 December 1960 (USA)
Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a ... See full summary »

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Hugh Williams (screenplay), Margaret Vyner (screenplay) (as Margaret Williams) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Victor Rhyall, Earl
Deborah Kerr ... Lady Hilary Rhyall
Robert Mitchum ... Charles Delacro
Jean Simmons ... Hattie Durant
Moray Watson Moray Watson ... Trevor Sellers, the Butler
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Storyline

Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a liking to more than the house. Soon, Hattie Durant gets involved and they have a good old fashioned love triangle. Written by Tim Kearns <tskearns@aol.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vor Hausfreunden wird gewarnt See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,000,000
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Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, Noel Coward was courted to play the butler. See more »

Quotes

Victor Rhyall, Earl: Well then, so long, be seeing you, as you say in America.
Charles Delacro: Cheerio, as you say in Britain.
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Crazy Credits

Babies, some of them naked, on a lawn, are shown as if they were the cast and crew. For example, as the camera crew's names are shown, the babies are seen trying to work a camera; the "editor" is a baby tugging on a film strip, and so on. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Stately Homes Of England
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Ahead of its time
29 October 2005 | by dishingtonSee all my reviews

This delightful morsel is even more impressive given the bare post-Eisenhower era of its release. While we tend to view 1960 as the beginning of the JFK cultural renaissance, in fact the decade dawned with Ike in the White House and Nixon on the horizon. Extramarital hijinks, dealt with adult sophistication, tolerance and forgiveness are rare enough, but the Bible-thumpers must have bust a gut on this one. I disagree with those who chastise the title, I think it's perfect. That such a topic is explored without losing the light comedic magic of Grant, the earnest angst of Kerr, the irreverent sexuality of Simmons and the brooding strength of Mitchum is testament to the ability of Stanley Donen to guide without herding. It all fits, wonderfully, in a movie that glows brighter with the passage of time, and the tsunami of trash that was to follow.


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