When William Gridley arrives from the US in London, he rents part of Carly Hardwicke's house from her and promptly begins to fall in love. Gridley doesn't know that many people think she killed her husband but his boss, on the American embassy staff, knows and doesn't take this "lapse of judgment" lightly. Since Carly is also American, Gridley saves his job by introducing her to his boss, who is promptly smitten and promises to help her. So when a Scotland Yard detective arrives, wanting to get to the truth one way or another, they say they'll help him. And then the comedic complications really begin.Written by
Director Richard Quine, who got his start as a performer in movie musicals, makes clever use of Fred Astaire's legendary, distinctive walk by having Astaire stride directly toward the camera every time the scene shifts to the embassy. See more »
In the murder trial, Police Sgt. Dillings testifies that he saw Gridley and Hardwicke standing together with their arms around each other, and that she had the gun in her left hand. In the first scene flashback, they are standing together and her right hand is down along her side with the gun in it. In her flashback scene later, she has the gun in her left hand after Miles is shot. See more »
I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General
from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Played by band at Wessex Hotel See more »
Brief description of film
Pleasant mystery/comedy with a young energetic Jack Lemmon and an attractive Kim Novak developing a love interest (as expected) while trying to solve the problem of the apparent murder of her husband. Some intriguing plot twists and surprising jumps. Light film provides a nice diversion for an hour and a half especially with the presence of Fred Astaire and Lionel Jefferies.
Unfortunately it does not appear to be available on video tape at the present time.
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