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The Grass Is Greener (1960)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 23 December 1960 (USA)
Victor and Hilary have guided tours in their English mansion. A US oil tycoon "bumps" into Hilary during a tour and charms his way into her heart. Meanwhile, Hattie pursues Victor.


Stanley Donen


Hugh Williams (screenplay), Margaret Vyner (screenplay) (as Margaret Williams) | 2 more credits »
4 nominations. See more awards »




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


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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A four-sided triangle that proves that variety is the spice of LOVE! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Joan Greenwood had played the Jean Simmons part on stage. See more »


When Victor and Charles play billiards, they use straight-rail billiard balls (two white, one red) on a table with pockets (on which 9, 10, or 15 balls, plus a cue ball, are used). See more »


Charles Delacro: Sometimes I'm convinced that the greatest barrier between our countries is the bond of a common language.
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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 »


The Stately Homes Of England
Written by Noël Coward
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Musical Score
12 December 2005 | by dancertmSee all my reviews

Some had mentioned Noel Coward and the drawing room comedy. I think it should be mentioned that the entire score was completely based on the songs of Noel Coward. I feel the film was an homage to Coward and his light plays of the 20's and 30's. Actually, if you know Coward's music, it forecasts things in the plot.For example at the beginning of the film when Grant and Kerr are having their first conversation, she reads a poem, and the music being played is "I'll Follow My Secret Heart." It is not too long after this she meets the third person in the triangle.

I think it's quite an enjoyable movie, and it is nice to see people enjoy performing light banter.

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23 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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