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Prudence and the Pill (1968)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 23 May 1968 (USA)
Prudence is on the pill; so is her sister-in-law, but someone has been swapping aspirin for their pills. Is it the teen-age niece, the maid, the chauffeur, a lover, Prudence's husband, or ... See full summary »

Directors:

Fielder Cook, Ronald Neame (uncredited)

Writers:

Hugh Mills (screenplay), Hugh Mills (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Kerr ... Prudence Hardcastle
David Niven ... Gerald Hardcastle
Robert Coote ... Henry Hardcastle
Irina Demick ... Elizabeth Brett
Joyce Redman ... Grace Hardcastle
Judy Geeson ... Geraldine Hardcastle
Keith Michell ... Dr. Alan Huart
Edith Evans ... Lady Roberta Bates
David Dundas David Dundas ... Tony Bates
Vickery Turner Vickery Turner ... Rose the Maid
Hugh Armstrong ... Ted the Chauffeur
Peter Butterworth Peter Butterworth ... Chemist
Moyra Fraser ... Woman in Tea Shop
Annette Kerr Annette Kerr ... Gerald's Secretary
Harry Towb ... Racetrack Official
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Storyline

Prudence is on the pill; so is her sister-in-law, but someone has been swapping aspirin for their pills. Is it the teen-age niece, the maid, the chauffeur, a lover, Prudence's husband, or all of the above? Written by Mike Smith <mismith@brody.med.ecu.edu>

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A sportive look at the fertility rites (and wrongs) of Western society. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prudencia y la píldora See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This was once intended as a starring vehicle for Laurence Harvey and Diane Cilento. See more »

Quotes

Gerald Hardcastle: Well, Ted, you can take it from me that in the entire history of this world no man never yet had any pleasure out of a woman without having to pay it for.
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Soundtracks

The Pill
Written by Bernard Ebbinghouse
Performed by The Bernard Ebbinghouse Orchestra
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One of David Niven's best. Up there with "The Statue" and "The Impossible Years
6 June 2011 | by the_bernieSee all my reviews

David Niven has more great movies than you can shake a stick at. Unfortunately some of his best movies are virtually impossible to obtain. I was lucky to get a copy of this film off the cable. Hopefully it will be on DVD soon. "The Impossible Years" is available on video. "The Statue" has not shown up even on cable.

One of the surprising things about "Prudence and the Pill" is the number of actors that you will recognize from that era. You may recognize the niece Geraldine Hardcastle played by Judy Geeson of " To Sir with Love 2 (1996) (TV)" fame. I will not go through the list of actors. However you get the idea.

The plot is quite simple and you can guess the outcome. The real worth is in the acting and the details. Not everything goes quite as expected. Half of the women in the village are taking vitamins that mysteriously look like BC pills. And many are taking BC pills that mysteriously look like aspirin. Do not let this film give you any ideas.


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