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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 »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


It was originally intended by director Stanley Donen that Cary Grant would play the part of "Delacro", the American tourist, whilst Rex Harrison and his real-life wife Kay Kendall were respectively cast as "Victor Rhyall" and "Hattie". But Kendall died soon after completing an earlier Stanley Donen film, "Once More With Feeling", and Rex Harrison dropped out of the film because of this. Cary Grant agreed to play Victor instead of Delacro, and both Rock Hudson and Charlton Heston were approached about playing the American character. Both refused, and Robert Mitchum was cast quite late in the proceedings, making no fuss at all about taking third-billing. Cary Grant often claimed this had "saved the film" and praised his performance highly. 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 »


Victor Rhyall, Earl: Sellers, have you seen my bible?
Trevor Sellers, the Butler: I'm afraid I've got it. I wanted to look something up.
Victor Rhyall, Earl: First you borrow my times, now you pinch my bible. That's democracy running amok!
Trevor Sellers, the Butler: I'm extremely sorry, Mylord. I'll put it back beside your bed.
Victor Rhyall, Earl: Anyway, you should have a bible of your own!
Trevor Sellers, the Butler: Well, the one you're using is mine, Mylord.
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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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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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23 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)


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2.35 : 1
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