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7/10
I'm not a promiscuous trollop!
hitchcockthelegend8 September 2010
The Grass Is Greener is directed by Stanley Donen and stars Cary Grant, Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr & Jean Simmons. It's adapted by Hugh Williams & Margaret Vyner from the play of the same name which they had both written and found success with in London's West End. Music is by Noel Coward and Christopher Challis is the cinematographer.

Struggling financially, the Earl & Countess of Rhyall (Grant & Kerr) start giving tours around their stately mansion. Enter Charles Delacro (Mitchum) & Hattie Durant (Simmons), whose appearance at the mansion sets in motion the wheels of love, jealousy and machismo fuelled duelling.

Considered too talky on its release, The Grass Is Greener, it's fair to say, is more for those who are either into the star wattage on offer, or for those who are romantics at heart. Upon first viewing the film doesn't appear to have much in the way of comedy, in fact when Grant is either off screen or out of ear shot there's a hole as big as the implausibility factor in the plot. However, further viewings (well listenings really) reveal a sharper script than the one critics gave credit for back in the day. There's plenty of "nudge nudge" winkery going on, while the portrayals of the rich American & British characters (could they get any more polar opposite than Grant & Mitchum?) has a nice glint in the eye to them.

On the cast front, Grant is as smooth and classy as he always is, with his sometimes undervalued comedy timing here in full force. Kerr & Simmons look attractive, with the latter benefiting greatly from some outrageously punky Dior costumes. While Mitchum, tho no master of comedy, works his laconic low tone charm to great effect off of Grant's well spoken aristo verbality. However, look away from the big four heading the cast and you find much comedy value in Moray Watson as the Butler. He, along with Challis' photography inside of the house, are arguably the stars of the show. A fine film for the patient to enjoy, even if it's not the masterpiece that its cast list suggests it should be. 7/10
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7/10
very British, very arch, very enjoyable
rupie14 April 2000
This delightful film's script is a descendant of the sort of archly witty portrayals of British upper-class life that came from the pens of Somerset Maugham and Noel Coward (one of whose songs serves as musical lead-in, and at least one of whose tunes ["Mad About the Boy" - listen for it] serves as background music to comment on the action). The atmosphere of this sort of comedy may be a bit foreign to American tastes (the whole topic of infidelity is discussed in such a civilized and gentlemanly fashion among the parties- Stiff Upper Lip and all that - where Americans would be screaming at each other and going for weaponry) but as a devotee of British drama I enjoyed the movie hugely. It's a stellar cast - everyone shines, right down to Moray Watson in the small but delicious part of the befuddled butler Sellers. Jean Simmons is especially enjoyable in her out-of-character portrayal as the outspokenly vampish Hattie. Despite opinions below to the contrary, the incomparable Cary Grant fills the part of this down-at-the-heels English Lord like old brandy fills a crystal decanter. The sumptuous setting of the baronial manor and the high production values make the film beautiful to look at, to boot. (The fact that the unfortunate Lord is forced to open his manor to paying visitors to support his lifestyle is based on the historical truth of the confiscatory tax policies imposed on the British hereditary gentry by post-WWII Labor governments; everyone is entitled to their own opinions on these policies, but be assured the film makes no political comment).

It does stretch the imagination a tad that Victor could treat the whole issue of his wife's infidelity - going on right in front of his nose - in such a dispassionate manner, but that is a characteristic of this genre. Further, Grant manages to convince us that, beneath his outer imperturability, his wife's disloyalty has pained him deeply and he could not stand to lose her.

This is a not-well-known film, and its appeal might be a bit specialized, but I think it's a minor gem. And I could not omit mentioning the charming opening credits with their bevy of delightfully cavorting babies.
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8/10
Cast Sparkles
harry-761 December 2002
Drawing room comedies seem to be a thing of the past. Their demise was apparently one reason Cary Grant decided to thin down his late career: his kind of parts just weren't being written anymore.

By the time this film version of a stage hit came out in 1960, the genre had just about run its course.

How fortunate to have four full-fledged stars take on the leading roles. What is Robert Mitchum doing in an English castle, interacting with "upper class royalty"?

For one thing, he plays a Texas millionaire--an impressive entree most places. Then, the rest of the cast are all transported Brits, so long established in America as to be de facto Americans. They can still deliver their clipped English lines, thought, with great flair.

("So, now you're a millionare, and I'm growing mushrooms . . . oh well, that's the way the world wags.")

Deborah Kerr is bright and vulnerable, Jean Simmons, pert and sophisticated, Robert Mitchum, cool and crafty, and Cary Grant urbane and witty. It's fun to see this quartet trading double entendres and quaint quips.

Stanley Donnen does his best with a stagy script, relying on his experienced cast to carry off the humor and action. It succeeds nicely, and its downright fun to follow their stylish jousts.

Tea, brandy, or champagne?
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6/10
Almost too sophisticated for its own good
dafrieze9 April 2009
This is one of the films Stanley Donen directed during his long sojourn in England. His previous one with Cary Grant, "Indiscreet," also starred Ingrid Bergman, and the two of them repeated their impeccable chemistry from "Notorious" ten years earlier in a very romantic and yet sophisticated comedy. "The Grass Is Greener" is, if anything, more sophisticated, almost stultifyingly so. It's obviously based on a stage play, fitted out with a handful of cinematic tricks that stick out like sore thumbs.

This cast could do no wrong, as far as I'm concerned, and they just about manage to make it work. Robert Mitchum is probably miscast, but he doesn't let it show, and his scenes with Deborah Kerr (the two of them made many films together and enjoyed one another's company) work beautifully. Cary Grant is impeccable, as always, although I can't help thinking that this really is Rex Harrison territory. And Jean Simmons is delightful - she really is a fairly underrated actress. Moray Watson also shines as the butler.

One question: why didn't the doctor every show up? (You have to watch the movie to the end to find out what I mean.)
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3/10
The lowest rating I've ever given a Cary Grant film
utgard144 January 2015
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An aristocratic British couple (Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr) allow tourists to visit their castle because of financial difficulties. On one of these tourist trips, an American millionaire (Robert Mitchum) puts the moves on Kerr and she wastes no time falling for him. Grant doesn't discourage her affair, instead trying to come up with a way to win her back. How pathetic.

A dry, dull, stagy film with unlikable characters played by likable actors. Five or ten years later it might have been more risqué but this is all very sedate and mannered. There's no fun to be had here unless you're someone who likes these sorts of tired old movies where screwing around on each other is seen as a harmless and natural part of marriage. Dated plot aside, the characters are a mess. Mitchum's character is an obnoxious bundle of clichés. Jean Simmons is not part of a love triangle or quadrangle, as some plot synposes online tend to say (as well as the misleading DVD cover). She's just an ex of Grant's who is only in the film to be a pot stirrer. Kerr tries harder than anybody else to make this thing work, which just makes her character all the more insufferable.

Cary Grant is badly miscast and dresses like Mister Rogers in this. I wasn't surprised to find out Cary didn't want to do this movie. He turned it down initially and then Rex Harrison was cast. But when Harrison had to withdraw at the last minute, Cary stepped in to help out. It's a part that is a better fit for Rex Harrison. Cary may have been born in England but he was never suited to playing these stereotypical "stuffy Brit" roles. Also, despite his age at the time, it's a hard sell to believe him the kind of man women would throw over for Robert Mitchum (no spring chicken himself by this point). I like Mitchum as much as the next person, but no...just no. To date, I believe this is the lowest rating I've ever given a Cary Grant movie. He's one of my favorite movie stars so it takes a lot for me to hate a movie he's in. But this is one that I don't see myself ever watching again.
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5/10
Quite a Weekend
bkoganbing8 June 2006
Lord Cary Grant and Lady Deborah Kerr as nobility have fallen on hard times and now they show their fabulous estate off to the tourists for pin money. One of those tourists is American millionaire Robert Mitchum who thinks the best sight he's seen is Kerr. He sweeps her off her feet and her marriage is put in danger.

Cary's not going to take this lying down and Mitchum is invited to the estate for the weekend. Along for the ride is Jean Simmons, a friend of Grant's and Kerr who wouldn't mind getting Cary on the rebound. It's quite a weekend.

Cary Grant and I assume Deborah Kerr's parts according the recent biography of Robert Mitchum were originally intended for Rex Harrison and Kay Kendall. When Kendall died, Harrison dropped out. Cary Grant's part probably would have been better in Harrison's hands. But you can't say that Grant didn't learn a lesson. He was widely quoted as saying after he turned down My Fair Lady that he wouldn't even by a ticket to see the film of Harrison didn't play Henry Higgins.

Simmons does come off the best in this comedy of manners. She's full of wisecracks and is no hypocrite about her life.

You know when you think about it the same premise was used for Sleuth with much more serious overtones. It's sometimes a small margin between comedy and drama.

Not the best work that any of this talented quartet has done.
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7/10
Attempt at a Sex quadrangle at one of "THE STATELY HOMES OF ENGLAND"
theowinthrop8 June 2006
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This is a film that does try to be good - and it is actually amusing at points. The central story about the aristocrats finding interest in an American millionaire (Mitchum) and an old flame of Grant's (Simmons) had potential. But the problem was that the screenplay is too talky and too cerebral, but not (paradoxically) as complete as it should be.

There are pages and pages of the dialog which are (frankly) long winded. Cary Grant is not amusing when explaining his behavior to people, even Deborah Kerr. Whatever emotional chemistry worked for them so wonderfully in AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER is cut down considerably here.

The additions of Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons does not really help. Mitchum's growing interest in Kerr, and her growing response to his seeing her in London is okay, but Simmons' relationship regarding Grant is not developed. We know they had an affair before he married her friend Kerr, and she has remained a friend of both, and she is funny regarding her open interest in sex, but why Grant's rejection of her is never really gone into. Also, at the tale end, there is the suggestion that Simmons and Mitchum might find each other a worthy lover. But nothing in the film really builds up to that final look between them! There are good moments - Grant and Mitchum going fishing, and muttering under their breaths about each other, and the business about the fur coat gift that Mitchum buys Kerr, and she tries to hide (and Simmons ends up wearing as her own). But the good moments are fragments. The duel scene towards the end is analyzed to death. It says a lot that the use of Noel Coward's song THE STATELY HOMES OF ENGLAND on the soundtrack at the start and end of the film is one of the highlights. One wishes Coward wrote the screenplay here - it might have been brighter or more consistent.

Because the cast really tries I have given it a "7", but it is not as good a film as it should have been.
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8/10
Bad title, good movie
gilgeoIII20 June 2004
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Although I'm a film buff, I was unaware of the existence this delightful,sophisticated comedy until I saw it recently on TV in Buenos Aires, of all places. Grant, Kerr and Simmons are splendid, as usual, and Mitchum is, well, Mitchum and that's good enough for me. The plot offers the conceit of Mitchum taking Kerr away from Grant, her fusty husband, because Mitch is hot and Grant's not, a rather daring concept for 1960. Grant, of course, has a trick or two up his sleeve and alls well that ends well. The witty dialogue and snappy direction (Stanley Donen) puts to shame the witless, charmless crap churned out by Hollywood hacks for the past 25
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4/10
Incredible cast, forgettable flick...
moonspinner551 October 2005
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Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, and Jean Simmons in a comedy from Stanley Donen...and its a dud? English couple, having had to turn their estate into a tourist spot, have their marriage tested when the wife falls for an American millionaire. Extremely odd picture serves up infidelity as something chic, with the inevitable apologies all around at the end. Donen directs this play-into-film uninventively, with stagy action and camera set-ups. Kerr retains her dignity with a schizophrenic role (her cheating spouse remains saintly!), and Mitchum is droll, but Grant phones his performance in (it seems the older he got, the more he relied on his patented charm). Some cute lines are pretty much buried in the lightweight script; there's no depth to the emotions played out, and no truth in the characters. ** from ****
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8/10
Stately Home Run
writers_reign3 July 2008
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Hugh and Margaret Williams turned out several successful stage comedies in the 1950s almost, as it were, in defiance of the Angry Young Man school that had all but decimated the breed and this was one of the more successful. Three of the principals had and/or would co-star several times as in Grant-Kerr (An Affair To Remember), Mitchum-Kerr (Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, The Sundowners) so were thoroughly at home with each other and Jean Simmons had no trouble fitting in as the gooseberry. A definite bonus is the background music, what amounts to an extended medley of Noel Coward favourites from Sigh No More, to I'll Follow My Secret Heart to Poor Little Rich Girl to Dance, Little Lady etc and for good measure The Stately Homes Of England is sung over both front and end credits. Essentially tourist Mitchum turns up to scratch a ten-tear itch that Kerr was unaware of, hardly surprising when hubby is Cary Grant. This paves the way for some sophisticated banter, anti-American jokes before it all ends happily. Even almost sixty years later there is still a large dollop of charm clinging tenaciously. Catch it if you can.
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8/10
Scandals of the well-mannered set.
mark.waltz26 November 2011
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It's very appropriate that the song heard over the post-credit and pre-final credit sequence were written by none other than Noel Coward, England's 20th century gift to the theatre. In most of his plays, the sexual exploits of England's upper crust were spoofed and gently ridiculed. Here, four very well mannered people (three British, one American) misbehave while being oh, so dignified and show that you can resolve marital strife and infidelity without tantrums, fisticuffs or a slapfest between two women. What you need is a duel.

The four people are Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons, and they are all totally different, if still attractive mature adults. Grant and Kerr are a long married couple who live in one of the many country estates that tourists trample through while on vacation in Europe. One of those tourists is American millionaire Mitchum who accidentally opens a door on Deborah Kerr in one of the private rooms and opens a can of worms. They briefly spar, but it is very apparent that the very bored Kerr has taken a fancy to the suave American. Before you can say "Pip Pip, Cherrio", Kerr has escaped to London for a rendezvous, and Kerr's acerbic friend (Simmons) pays a visit on Grant to help him pick up the pieces and reminisce about their old affair. Soon, the foursome are spending an oh, so civilized weekend at the estate where chaos is sure to ensue.

All four stars are excellent, extremely likable, and hysterically funny. A very intelligent screenplay provides plenty of innuendo and moments for each of the stars to shine. Even funnier is the way the screenplay expresses the character's thoughts while another character in a different setting is either expressing the same thought or the exact opposite. Simmons, usually more gentile in such films as "Hamlet", "So Long at the Fair" and "Guys and Dolls", is delightfully flirtatious, while Grant is wonderfully droll while insulting Mitchum by singing "Yankee Doodle" (you know the version with a feather being called macaroni). Kerr, always the lady, gets to be a bit more naughty here than normal, and Mitchum is fun as the sole non-Brit who didn't come to London riding on a pony. It should be also noted that Simmons looks incredibly sexy in her negligee. You get the feeling that once everything is wrapped up that the foursome might become bi-continental visitors and get a lesson in American customs from the very suave Mitchum.
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9/10
Static but entertaining nonetheless
fletch59 December 2000
Enjoyable cast and often deliciously witty dialogue succeed enlivening this otherwise rather static comedy. It can't shake off its staginess, which results in occasional moments of slight weariness, but for the most part, "The Grass Is Greener" is classy and quite entertaining. There are some splendid scenes between the four leading actors that make you smile. Really big laughs aren't guaranteed, but the film leaves an overall good feeling.
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Bright, funny adult comedy set among the titled class in England
screenscribe50526 August 2000
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The cast is obviously the star of this film, with headliners Grant, Kerr, Mitchum and Simmons each doing a fabulous job in a movie that depends very heavily on intelligent, witty dialogue strewn with double-entendres. The subject is adultery, and whether one (Grant) should make a public fuss when his wife (Kerr) is being swept off her feet by a rich American (Mitchum). Mix in a beautiful, if somewhat dotty, friend (Simmons) who makes sly observances throughout. Although set in England of the late 50s, the film doesn't show much countryside and occasionally feels a bit claustrophobic as the action takes place on a very few sets. The film feels like it has stage origins, and it plays much like Neil Simon's better film adaptations (e.g. California Suite, Barefoot in the Park). If you are a fan of any of these stars, this movie will entertain you.
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8/10
Jean is the true star!
calvertfan8 May 2002
I first watched TGIG about a year ago, as a Cary Grant fan and ONLY a Cary Grant fan, and I positively hated it, and when I saw it was coming up on TV again I just ignored the listing. Then, two days beforehand, I for some odd reason watched a Deborah Kerr documentary (odd as I'm not a fan of hers) and they showed two small clips from TGIG, and I straight away knew that I had to give the film a second chance!

The first 15 minutes or so started off rather slow, but once Jean Simmons graces the screen, you won't want to switch off! As a Cary Grant fan, I must nobly admit that he doesn't really do much for this film. His role, while not bad, is just a bit bland and not up to the calibre of other roles he has played. So it's a nice touch to have him there, but really it could have been any fella. The real star of the show was definitely Simmons, making Hattie by far the best character. She's sly and witty and can't help making every second comment naughty; she's oh so terribly frightfully grand dahling, very cheeky, exceedingly silly, and plays off Kerr so well with the air-kisses and light banter. The funniest scene in the film was by far the one right near the end where Kerr holds up Simmons at gun-point to get her to take the mink coat off!

Oddly though, the scene that I saw on the documentary, the split-screen phonecall, was not in the movie. The phone scene was there, they were all speaking at the same time, but it wasn't done split-screen style. A little odd!

Overall, this is a fine treat for any Jean Simmons fans. I kept thinking Ingrid Bergman might have been a better choice than Kerr, possibly following on from the lovely Indiscreet. But the guy playing Sellers the Butler - he was wonderful! And don't forget the old saying, because sometimes the Butler DID do it...
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7/10
tres amusant
jamdonahoo24 August 2006
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This adult drawing room comedy is a bit of fluff. Light and inconsequential but funny. Deborah Kerr is excellent in her role as the bored and under appreciated wife of an English aristocrat, Cary Grant. They are struggling to keep the family estate intact by charging for guided tours. Can one really be bored with Cary Grant? Mitchum is the rich, virile American tourist who sweeps her off her feet. Jean Simmons plays the beautiful but rather ditsy friend of Kerr. Kerr tells her, "You can't play Scrabble, not with adults". The mink coat scene is worth watching as is the fishing scene. America versus England with a happy ending.
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4/10
despite the cast, it's a dull little film
planktonrules16 July 2005
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You would think that with this cast you would get a much better movie. Instead, the talents of four excellent actors are pretty much wasted in a tepid bedroom farce that is sure to please very few.

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr play two English nobles who are forced to sell admission tickets to their estate to make ends meet. During one of these tour group visits, Robert Mitchem breaks away from the group and tries to put the moves on Ms. Kerr. And then, the three of them are soon joined by old friend Jean Simmons (not the guy from KISS, though THAT would have made the movie REALLY interesting). The four of them talk a lot about sex and swapping partners but never really get around to doing anything (some would say this is because they are English). Then, everyone goes their merry way and the movie concludes. Quick, get me the No-Doze!
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9/10
Erudite and Delightful
fung025 July 2013
A few previous reviewers seem to have viewed this film with a very weird set of expectations. In fact, 'The Grass is Greener' is exactly what it wants to be: a clever little drawing-room comedy. Slightly mannered, slightly stylized, very upper-crusty. And utterly delightful, on all counts.

The cast is a dream come true. Grant plays slightly against type, to great effect. He's not the strong leading man, for once, but a rather repressed, befuddled and sorely taken-for-Granted husband. Mitchum makes a perfect foil: straightforward, brash, emotional. They're a perfect match, and their conflict is worked out... perfectly. With never a harsh word spoken, and only a very genteel amount of violence.

The ladies make a great backdrop for all this. Deborah Kerr has never been more charming, or more effortlessly natural. She has the film's broader comedic moments, and handles them beautifully. Jean Simmons is always a delight, and she plays her catty best-friend role to the hilt.

But the real star is the dialog. Underplayed, yet always literate and obliquely witty. Grant's references to "Dun-dee cake" always make me laugh, since cake is so obviously not what he's talking about. The dramatic aspects of the story are equally clever. The central concept of *not* confronting an errant spouse seems particularly wise.

Of course, if you're looking for a typical Hollyood-style romantic comedy, or a broad farce along the lines of Donen's later 'Charade,' you do need to adjust your expectations. This is a very different kind of film, a far more British - or perhaps simply more erudite - type of comedy. More along the lines of 'Blithe Spirit,' or the original 'Pygmalion.' And easily on a par with the best of its kind. A film to be savored, not devoured.
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4/10
Very sub-Noel Coward
MOscarbradley12 July 2008
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An all-star cast just about manages to give this flimsy, unlikely comedy a lift though why the likes of Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons ever agreed to do it is something of a mystery. It's based on a play by Hugh and Margaret Williams and it's all very sub-Noel Coward, (his song 'The Stately Homes of England' is used on the soundtrack).

Grant and Kerr are the lord and lady of the manor and Mitchum, the rich American who sweeps Kerr off her feet five minutes after meeting her. Simmons is the scatty friend and she's wonderful, (it's a great supporting part). Grant is magnificent. It's a great, understated performance and he's far, far too good for the material. It's not unlike the martial comedies he made in the thirties but at least they were American and funny; this is terribly British and isn't in the least funny. On the other hand, it is very stylishly directed by Stanley Donen, though again I have the foggiest idea why he would want to make it in the first place.
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mature whit
svannozzi12 October 2001
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This movie has a very mature whit, it is not an "adult film" but young people just won't get it. I watched it the first time in my twenties but did not appreciate it as I did when I saw it in my thirties and had been married for many years. Cary Grant's character is caught with the possibility of loosing the wife that is the center of his world. He must choose between making a fuss or letting her go quietly. He feels if he makes a fuss the choices are she will stay and they will both be unhappy or she will still go and he will have lost his stiff upper lip. The plot is added to by his wife's best friend that would be very happy to console him if his wife leaves. (hey I would be happy to console Cary Grant) The script is a hoot the dialogue lively and cunning. The only real action is a duel at thirty paces that shows who is willing to give his life for the love of his life. The set is a little constraining but the stately homes of Britain are pretty stuffy in real life. The casting of Robert Mitchum as the American millionaire is perfect, he is very American and everyone else is so very British his is really the odd man out.

I enjoy this movie every time and recommend it for a relaxing, amusing evening.
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8/10
Somewhat Indiscreet...
Jonathan-1818 May 1999
Fine, funny and recommended. It has its weak points, the storyline is the least important with these fine actors and brilliant direction. Cary Grant and Jean Simmons' first scene together is absolutely wonderful. Deborah Kerr is also good; Robert Mitchum, maybe intentionally, is a bit of an odd player here. Familiar to the Grant-Ingrid Bergman split-screen telephone scene in Donen's Indiscreet, there's an adorable scene with all four leading actors here. Very very nice.
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2/10
Robert Mitchum Totally Miscast In Comedy
strong-122-47888512 March 2018
When it comes to one of my favourite male actors of the 1950s, Robert Mitchum - I have, once again, proved myself right about him. And, what I've concluded about Mitchum is that he was not at all suited for playing in Romantic-Comedy. No way.

And, Mitchum's role here in 1960's "The Grass Is Greener" was no exception.

I mean, watching Mitchum pathetically squeak and squirm his way (unconvincingly) through his role here as the lover-boy millionaire was not unlike witnessing a man who's been literally castrated and then shamelessly put on display as a piece of pure fluff meant to be sneered at.

Anyway - This truly nonsensical picture about infidelity and retaliation was, without question, some of the most loathsome rubbish imaginable. In fact - It was so detestable that it made my skin crawl with total revulsion.
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4/10
A wreck you can't look away from.
lynpalmer13 October 2021
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Totally implausible storyline. Unbelievable that suave, debonair Cary Grant could be in danger of losing his wife to another man, even Robert Mitchum. Equally unbelievable that his happy wife of 10 years would run off for a 4 day sex romp with a man she's known for 5 minutes. The utter civility of the whole affair is ridiculous, as is the duel sequence. Shots are fired and the women are barely interested enough to see what's happening. The double standard, although quite common in past decades, of husbands vs. Wives in matters if infidelity is maddening. You watch anyway, waiting for emotions and fireworks to kick in but they never do. The look of the film itself is beautiful, vivid colours and gorgeous sets. The story is a ridiculous wreck.
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5/10
A total fizzer
jem13226 February 2009
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With a cast boasting Cary Grant, Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr AND Jean Simmons, you would expect a real treat, right? Wrong. This one is a fizzer, and utterly boring. If it wasn't for the obvious chemistry of Mitchum and Kerr (why aren't these two more recognised as one of the greatest screen teams ever), even in roles where they flounder, and Jean Simmons saving the second half single-handedly from being even worse, I would have fallen asleep. It's very English, and perhaps as an Aussie I don't "get" the humour. It's meant to be a witty take on marriage and the upper classes. There were a few nice lines, mostly delivered by Simmons, but other than that it was just a pointless talk-fest. Grant is usually one of the most watchable of all screen stars, but here he's barely noticeable. Perhaps he is keeping in character, but he just exhibits no personality here. The opening titles are cute, but what relevance do they have to anything in the film? Yeah, I pretty much hated it.
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7/10
Light entertainment worth viewing.
wrs108 November 2008
Most points have already been made - a sub Noel Cowardesque script but still stands up as light entertainment. (Maybe my age is showing). Supposedly set in the country but actually filmed at Osterley Park under the flight path to Heathrow airport!!! I am not sure that the outdoor shots could be filmed there today with all that noise! Anyway - it still looks good!

Google:- National Trust UK Osterley Park

I have some snaps of the livestock munching away in its the fields but I guess a herd of cattle, horses or a flock of water fowl looks much the same another somewhere else. Worth a trip if you have the time (but it sure costs a lot more than "a half-crown" nowadays!!!)
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8/10
Ahead of its time
dishington29 October 2005
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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