Arthur Tate rose to his fame, wealth and respectability quickly from humble beginnings as a naive and somewhat bumbling police constable in a small English town. He attributes this rise to ...
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Shirley Jones plays an innocent young American abroad (Italy, specifically), assistant to the cynically sarcastic art historian Sanders. She becomes romantically involved with Sanders' ... See full summary »
Arthur Tate rose to his fame, wealth and respectability quickly from humble beginnings as a naive and somewhat bumbling police constable in a small English town. He attributes this rise to his mantra: "believe in people, have faith in mankind, and never search for evil", which was instilled in him by his mother. Although the tenets of this mantra did help, his rise was also due to his romantic affection for three women: dressmaker Violet Lawson whose husband went missing and was presumed murdered; Lily, the Baroness von Lukenberg, whose husband had a seeming affinity for the issues of selective breeding and spiders; and movie producer Marigold Marado, who wanted to make a realistic film of a political revolution. His rise was also due to Mrs. Tate, who always seemed to have an extra piece of information which would make her suggest to the people in power that her son Arthur be provided a position where he could do more good. Perhaps Mrs. Tate had a grander plan for herself.Written by
An amusing concept irregularly executed. A man who always follows his mother's advice to "help other people, and never look for the evil in them" is catapulted through a series of promotions, beginning as a flatfoot cop investigating lovely Stevens for murder to the dictator of a central American nation. In every case he is easily duped by the lovely criminals he encounters, and likewise in every case his mother intercedes after the fact with a little well-placed blackmail to advance him.
Probably appeals more to British audiences. The comedy is uneven, with few laughs but charming performances by Jones as a self-serving revolutionary and Jeffries, who appears (Sellars-like) in four parts. Worth it only to the most die-hard black comedy fans.
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