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Love Is a Ball (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 14 May 1963 (West Germany)
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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Lathrop Davis
... Millicent 'Millie' Mehaffey
... M. Etienne Pimm
... Duke Gaspard Ducluzeau
... Dr. Christian Gump (Millie's uncle)
... Mathilda
... Janine
Georgette Anys ... Mme. Gallou
Robert Bettoni ... Milkman
Mony Dalmès ... Mme. Fernier
Laurence Hardy ... Priory
Jean Le Maitre ... Carlo
... Maurice Zoltan
Jean Parédès ... Freddie
... Starcy
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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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The hilariously mad story of all the best things in life that are not free... and the one thing that definitely is!

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The Grand Duke and Mr. Pimm  »

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

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When the estate agent shows the villa to M.Pimm she quotes the monthly rental at 7,500,000 francs. In 1963 at the exchange rate of 4.901 francs to the US dollar that would be the equivalent of 1.53 million US dollars per month. In 1963 that villa may have been valued at 1.53 million but would hardly have rented for that much. Up to the introduction of the Euro EUR, many French people still counted in and spoke in "anciens francs." So 494 anciens francs were worth 4,94 nouveaux, or the number of anciens francs divided by 100. The "nouveau franc" was introduced on 1 January 1960. In this case 7.5M anciens francs would equal 75,000 nouveaux francs or $15,303, a much more reasonable amount. See more »

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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.48 (1962) See more »

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Chez Joseph
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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A delightful light comedy that improves with repeat viewing.
13 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

This piece of light comedy is very under-rated by many of those that I have spoken to about it, and invariably improves upon second viewing.

The timing of Mr.Boyer's deliveries are impeccable. Those who are familiar with Telly Savalas in his tough-guy roles will be astonished at his performance here. Hope Lange gives one of her warmest performances in this movie; although playing a spoiled rich girl, she never loses our affection and sympathy.

The supporting cast members play their parts wonderfully, each one adding just the right flavouring to the mix.

Ricardo Montalban does so well (Maybe just a little too simple for a European noble fallen on hard times - but I think that is acceptable in this part, where they want humour, someone believably attractive without being a challenge to Ford), that we never for a moment want him to win the female lead, yet we are pleased that he does find a good match. His closing scenes restore our respect for him.

Glenn Ford is charming in a low-key fashion. Charming yet rugged, with principles. A good, strong partner for Miss Lange's character.

The closing scene between Lange & Ford never fails to leave me smiling.


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