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The Honey Pot (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 29 September 1967 (Italy)
Inspired by a performance of his favorite play, "Volpone," 20th-century millionaire Cecil Fox devises an intricate plan to trick three of his former mistresses into believing he is dying. ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Cecil Fox
... Mrs. Sheridan
... William McFly
... Princess Dominique
... Merle McGill
... Sarah Watkins
... Inspector Rizzi
... Oscar Ludwig (scenes deleted)
... The Pretender (scenes deleted)
Hugh Manning ... Volpone
David Dodimead ... Mosca
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Corevi ... Tailor (scenes deleted)
Cy Grant ... Revenue Agent (scenes deleted)
... Revenue Agent (scenes deleted)
Carlos Alberto Valles ... Assistant Tailor (scenes deleted)
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Inspired by a performance of his favorite play, "Volpone," 20th-century millionaire Cecil Fox devises an intricate plan to trick three of his former mistresses into believing he is dying. Although the women are wealthy in their own right, all have good reason to covet his fortune. To assist him in his scheme, Fox hires William McFly, a gigolo and sometime actor, to act as his secretary/servant. Fox is soon visited at his "deathbed" by the three former mistresses: Merle McGill, a fading Hollywood sex symbol; Princess Dominique, who once took a cruise on Fox's yacht; and Lone Star Crockett, a Texas hypochondriac who travels with an enigmatic nurse/companion. As Fox and McFly act out the charade, things take an unexpected turn from comical farce to full-blown murder mystery. Written by alfiehitchie

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You are cordially invited to enjoy a perfectly elegant case of murder!

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Comedy | Crime

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29 September 1967 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Anyone for Venice?  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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(TCM print)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Afoldo Celi is dubbed by an well known British voice actor. See more »

Quotes

Merle McGill: I guess it must be hard for you to understand, Inspector, a man like me and Cecil Fox.
Inspector Rizzi: Not hard at all.
Merle McGill: But how can I say it, Inspector... He was my first... man. Somehow you just never forget your first man.
Inspector Rizzi: I remember mine - vividly.
[Merle throws him a curious glance]
Inspector Rizzi: He also got away.
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Referenced in All About Mankiewicz (1983) See more »

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Rex at His finest
22 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

If you want to see the late ,great Sir Rex Harrison at his finest rent this film. Sir Rex give a tour-de-force portrayal and pulls out all his high comedic talents. the movie proves to the film-goer just how great Harrison must have been on stage. He is ably supported by the future Dame Maggie Smith in a well defined understated performance. Cliff Robertson & Edie Adams are also good in this sly update of Volpone.

With "Honey Pot",Director Mankewicz shows that he was as skilled at small cast fare with brittle humor as he was at larger full scaled epics or shady drama.The combination of Harrison,Mank,Smith and Robertson made a fine film indeed.


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