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Love Is a Ball (1963)

On the French Riviera, a professional matchmaker assisted by an American adventurer arranges for convenience marriages between titled impoverished aristocratic men and rich low-bred women.

Director:

David Swift

Writers:

Lindsay Hardy (book), David Swift (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... John Lathrop Davis
Hope Lange ... Millicent 'Millie' Mehaffey
Charles Boyer ... M. Etienne Pimm
Ricardo Montalban ... Duke Gaspard Ducluzeau
Telly Savalas ... Dr. Christian Gump (Millie's uncle)
Ruth McDevitt ... Mathilda
Ulla Jacobsson ... Janine
Georgette Anys Georgette Anys ... Mme. Gallou
Robert Bettoni Robert Bettoni ... Milkman
Mony Dalmès Mony Dalmès ... Mme. Fernier
Laurence Hardy Laurence Hardy ... Priory
Jean Le Maitre Jean Le Maitre ... Carlo
André Luguet ... Maurice Zoltan
Jean Parédès Jean Parédès ... Freddie
Redmond Phillips ... Starcy
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Storyline

Etienne makes a good living out of marrying off poor but titled young men to rich but untitled young ladies. Millicent is now in his sights on the Riviera, and Grand Duke Gaspar is the bait. But what if Millicent starts to fancy planted chauffeur John instead, and Gaspar takes a shine to Etienne's secretary Janine? Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

The hilariously mad story of all the best things in life that are not free... and the one thing that definitely is!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

14 May 1963 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grand Duke and Mr. Pimm See more »

Filming Locations:

Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a novel by Lindsay Hardy called "The Grand Duke and Mr. Pimm" See more »

Goofs

When Millie and Davis first go to the lookout where winning drivers are commemorated, Mille reads out some of the drivers' names. One of these is 'Brabham", but she mispronounces the name with a long 'a' as 'Braybham' rather than with a short 'a' as in 'cat'. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Be Free At Sea
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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There's a surprise under this hood
21 November 2006 | by obroftaSee all my reviews

What surprise(s)? Plenty. How about Telly Savalas playing an effeminate guardian? How about Ricardo Montalban playing a klutz! This movie has all that and then some. Hope Lange is perfect as the rebellious young girl who doesn't want to be stereotyped (this was pretty racy for the 50s mind you), and Glenn Ford totally disarmed by his circumstance and his company.

Great chemistry between the players especially between Charles Boyer and Montalban, who just doesn't seem like he's ever going to play up to his title...this is really funny.

A movie I can watch again and again.


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