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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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Prudencia y la píldora  »

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This was once intended as a starring vehicle for Laurence Harvey and Diane Cilento. 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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Written by Bernard Ebbinghouse
Performed by The Bernard Ebbinghouse Orchestra
Tenor Saxophone by Danny Moss
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Tired players stuck on a contraceptive carousel
25 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

The sexually-estranged wife of a London banker (named Hardcastle!) is suspected of infidelity by her hypocrite husband, who is cheating himself with a French lass. He replaces his spouse's contraceptive pills ("Thenol") with aspirin--to catch her in the act, I guess--an idea he gets after his sister-in-law tells of a scheme by her teenage daughter to avoid pregnancy before marriage by swapping out her own mother's pills in the same fashion. Hugh Mills adapted his smirking play for the screen, and might have been astonished to find most of the female roles filled by matronly women (married to very mature men). This is a blue-haired attempt at keeping up with the youth explosion in cinema circa 1968, but the material is highly unsuitable for its stars. Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Robert Coote (awful!) and Joyce Redman look embarrassed to be involved; Edith Evans, as the potential mother-in-law for sexually-active Judy Geeson, is the only cast member to rise above the juvenile plotting. Director Fielder Cook left the project midway after a disagreement with the producers, to be replaced by Ronald Neame. * from ****


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