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Inspired by a performance of his favorite play, "Volpone," twentieth century millionaire Cecil Fox (Sir Rex Harrison) 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 (Cliff Robertson), 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 (Edie Adams), a fading Hollywood sex symbol; Princess Dominique (Capucine), who once took a cruise on Fox's yacht; and Mrs. Lone Star Crockett Sheridan (Susan Hayward), a Texas hypochondriac who travels with an enigmatic nurse/companion (Dame Maggie Smith). As Fox and McFly act out the charade, things take an unexpected turn from comical farce to full-blown murder mystery.Written by
The ballet music to which Cecil Fox (Sir Rex Harrison) is seen dancing in his bedroom is the famous "Dance of the Hours", a short ballet piece, representing the third act finale of the opera "La Gioconda" composed by Amilcare Ponchielli. It was first performed in 1876. The choreography and the music represent the perennial struggle between light and darkness. They also symbolize the hours of the dawn, day, twilight, and night. See more »
"The Honey Pot" appears like a draft of "Sleuth", Mankiewicz's next and last film. Cruel manipulation and lies are its main themes. Like "Sleuth", "The Honey Pot" is all about a confrontation between a rich aging man and a younger one who has to fight for his place in the sun.
Mankiewicz's is as brilliant as ever with a fantastic witty script and the cast is very good. Rex Harrison delivers one of his finest performances as the crooked but exquisit Cecil Fox. Maggie Smith, who is very young here, is also outstanding as the not so innocent nurse. Their two scenes together (especially the one in which she kisses him goodnight) are the best parts of the movie.
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