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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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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 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 Racy Revelations of the Richest Girl in the World...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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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

20th Century-Fox wanted Ava Gardner for the title role. See more »

Quotes

Epifania Parerga: Our marriage was just a succession of boxing matches.
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The end of the film finishes with 'And they lived happily ever after'. See more »

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Referenced in The Indian Doctor: The Arrival (2010) See more »

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It just doesn't work.
9 September 1999 | by Hermit C-2See all my reviews

Chemistry can be a funny thing. This movie stars two charismatic legends of the cinema, Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers. Its script, on the surface, is intelligent and well-written, full of snappy dialog. (It's based on a play by G.B. Shaw.) They combine to make a relentlessly dull movie. Loren is a rich heiress who for some reason has to marry again to satisfy conditions of her father's will and Sellers plays an altruistic Indian doctor in London, where the movie is set, with whom she has an uninteresting love/hate relationship. I found it all but impossible to keep my attention focused on the screen as the film worked its way toward its conclusion. It made for one of the longest 90-minute movies I've ever seen.

Part of the problem I think is that characters here are not developed, they just burst out in full force the moment you see them, making a viewer feel like he or she has started watching in the middle of the film. Also, as a romance, the movie is completely flat, with zero chemistry between the leads. It's no wonder you don't hear much about this film from fans of Loren or Sellers, or Shaw for that matter.


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