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Prudence and the Pill (1968)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 23 May 1968 (USA)
The conflicting and comical attempts by a wealthy London banker and his mistress, together with four other couples, to avoid pregnancy by using contraceptive pills.


Fielder Cook, Ronald Neame (uncredited)


Hugh Mills (screenplay), Hugh Mills (novel)




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 ... Chemist
Moyra Fraser ... Woman in Tea Shop
Annette Kerr Annette Kerr ... Gerald's Secretary
Harry Towb ... Racetrack Official


Prudence Hardcastle (Deborah Kerr) is on the pill. So is her sister-in-law, but someone has been swapping aspirin for their pills. Is it the teenage niece, the maid, the chauffeur, a lover, Prudence's husband Gerald (David Niven), or all of the above? Written by Mike Smith <mismith@brody.med.ecu.edu>

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Comedy | Romance


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Tired players stuck on a contraceptive carousel
25 July 2017 | by moonspinner55See 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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Release Date:

23 May 1968 (USA) See more »

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$3,570,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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