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The Millionairess (1960)

A Millionairess and a doctor cannot marry until they meet conditions set-up by their respective parents.

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

George Bernard Shaw (play) (as Bernard Shaw), Riccardo Aragno (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Epifania
Peter Sellers ... Doctor Kabir
Alastair Sim ... Sagamore
Vittorio De Sica ... Joe (as Vittorio de Sica)
Dennis Price ... Adrian
Gary Raymond ... Alastair
Alfie Bass ... Fish Curer
Miriam Karlin ... Mrs. Joe
Noel Purcell ... Professor
Virginia Vernon Virginia Vernon ... Polly
Graham Stark ... Butler
Diana Coupland Diana Coupland ... Nurse
Pauline Jameson ... Muriel
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Mrs. Willoughby
Willoughby Goddard ... President
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Storyline

London-based Millionairess Epifania (Sophia Loren) is attracted to Dr. Kabir (MD from Delhi and PhD from Calcutta), who is more intent on treating patients. When she persists, he confides in her that he had made a commitment to his late widowed seamstress mother that he will wed any woman who will manage to survive on just Rs.500/-, for 90 days. She finds out that this sum is equivalent to just 35 shillings but readily accepts this challenge. She also informs him that her late father had also imposed a condition that she must wed a male who will turn £500 into £15000 within the same period. Epifania then finds employment with an Italian firm, ends up re-organizing, and turning up the firm's profits. At the end of 90 days, she goes to meet Kabir and discovers that he has not only given all the money away but also has no interest whatsoever in marrying her. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The revealing revels of a very rich redhead who lives for pleasure...A beautiful babe in Balmain gowns and her wild wonderful ways... See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ella y sus millones See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At 14 minutes into the film, Epifania Sophia Loren climbs a bridge railing and jumps into the River Thames. That bridge was the "New" London Bridge, and it now stands. The original bridge, after being dismantled, was shipped to America, and reconstructed at Lake Havasu City, Arizona USA. See more »

Quotes

Epifania Parerga: After all Adrian, I am made of flesh and blood.
Dr. Ahmed el Kabir: You certainly are.
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Crazy Credits

The end of the film finishes with 'And they lived happily ever after'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Colpo gobbo all'italiana (1962) See more »

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Surprisingly poor
1 November 2007 | by oliver-123See all my reviews

I never saw this when it first came out, though I remember the song that went with it (but does not feature in it), and only caught up with it when the Times gave away free DVDs with its Saturday edition recently. I agree entirely with other criticisms; too little happens, the dialogue doesn't flow naturally, some of the acting is wooden and there are pointless cameos (e.g. by Alfie Bass) and weak attempts at slapstick (various persons ending up in the Thames). The setting seems to be modern, i.e. 1950s, but the East Enders the Indian doctor treats belong to an older time, the time of Shaw's own play, except that some are Indian or similar. Part of the problem seems to be the placing of some of Shaw's epigrammatic dialogue in a weaker and rather inappropriate framework; the millionairess is much more ruthless and unpleasant in the play, as I remember it. Sophia Loren is a pleasure to watch, and there seems to be genuine chemistry between her and Peter Sellers (as I believe was reported off-set), but they cannot save this, and good actors like Alastair Sim and Dennis Price are wasted.


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