5.6/10
369
13 user 1 critic

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)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The eccentric Bullock household again need a new butler. Daughter Irene encounters bedraggled Godfrey Godfrey at the docks and, fancying him and noticing his obviously good manners, gets ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: June Allyson, David Niven, Jessie Royce Landis
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Five years after George Radcliffe was the chief witness in a high profile murder case, his wife receives a blackmailing letter accusing him of the crime.

Director: Michael Anderson
Stars: Gary Cooper, Deborah Kerr, Eric Portman
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It's a lot more trouble than they think.

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted...and forms a unique relationship with the ghost.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Workers employed at a French vineyard follow old pagan rituals that call for the life of the marquis owner to save his crops during dry seasons.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: David Niven, Sharon Tate, Deborah Kerr
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The eldest daughter of a Professor of Psychology at a large conservative university causes havoc, and great embarrassment, for her father with her free-willed and uninhibited lifestyle.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: David Niven, Lola Albright, Chad Everett
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A local doctor is recruited as a cold war spy to fulfill a very important secret mission in the Middle East, only to experience that his mission is complicated by a sexy female double agent.

Director: Val Guest
Stars: David Niven, Françoise Dorléac, John Le Mesurier
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A grandmother (Edith Evans) seeks a governess for her sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Laurel (Hayley Mills), who manages to drive away every one so far by exposing their past, with a record... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Deborah Kerr, Hayley Mills, John Mills
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison
Bedtime Story (1964)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two scam artists prey on women for their money. They clash in a Mediterranean hot spot. Will the cultured, high-class con artist come out on top, or will the rough small-change scammer rise to win the wager?

Director: Ralph Levy
Stars: Marlon Brando, David Niven, Shirley Jones
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A maid secretly marries the son of her wealthy boss.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Robert Taylor, Loretta Young, Basil Rathbone
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

CAUTION: This Motion Picture Should Be Kept Out Of The Reach Of Children! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prudencia y la píldora See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Fielder Cook left the production due to differences of opinion with producers, and Ronald Neame finished the film. See more »

Quotes

[Prudence is engrossed in watching a Western on television. Gerald is bored with it and starts to talk to her]
Prudence Hardcastle: Oh, Gerald, do you mind. I'm trying to follow the plot.
Gerald Hardcastle: [scathingly] I'm sorry. I didn't realise there *was* one.
See more »

Soundtracks

Liz
Written by Bernard Ebbinghouse
Performed by The Bernard Ebbinghouse Orchestra
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed