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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Prudence Hardcastle
... Gerald Hardcastle
... Henry Hardcastle
... Elizabeth Brett
... Grace Hardcastle
... Geraldine Hardcastle
... Dr. Alan Huart
... Lady Roberta Bates
David Dundas ... Tony Bates
Vickery Turner ... Rose the Maid
... Ted the Chauffeur
Peter Butterworth ... Chemist
... Woman in Tea Shop
Annette Kerr ... Gerald's Secretary
... Racetrack Official
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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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23 May 1968 (USA)  »

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Prudencia y la píldora  »

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The director wanted the motor-racing scenes at Brands Hatch to be filmed with the cars going in the opposite direction to the conventional direction at that track. See more »

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[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.
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Too Soon To Tell You
Music by Bernard Ebbinghouse, Lyrics by Norman Newell
Performed by The Bernard Ebbinghouse Orchestra
Sung by The Mike Sammes Singers
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How could anyone mistake a birth control pill for an aspirin or vitamin?!
11 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

The main idea behind "Prudence and the Pill" is one that doesn't make sense to me. While birth control pills might have looked VERY different in the UK in the 1960s, all the ones I've seen look absolutely nothing like aspirins or vitamins--which are much, much larger. So how could people be replacing another person's birth control pills with aspirins without anyone realizing it?

This 1960s sex comedy stars Deborah Kerr and David Niven...both of which made quite a few sophisticated sex comedies in the 1950s and 60s (such as the horrible CASINO ROYALE, BEDTIME STORY and THE GRASS IS GREENER). In this film, Mr. and Mrs. Hardcastle have an open marriage and both have their lovers. In addition, Mrs. Hardcastle's niece (Judy Geeson) is sleeping with her boyfriend. However, someone is messing with these ladies' birth control pills and soon complications ensue.

Like most of the sex comedies of the era, this film talks a lot about sex (or, more rightly, INSINUATING a lot about sex) without really showing or saying much at all. Racy stuff for the time...very tame stuff when seen today. So, while it portrays folks who have affairs and premarital sex, it's done with 60s sensibilities--being both extremely broad-minded AND old fashioned at the same time.

So is this any good and is it worth seeing? Well, at least for me, no especially. I might have enjoyed it had it just been more interesting, made more sense or made me laugh. Plus, and I guess this makes me sound very prudish, but I thought the Hardcastles were a pathetic couple...and I really didn't care one bit about what happened with them. What was a kooky sex romp back in the day now just seems dated and sub-par despite the big-name stars in it.


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