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The Truth About Women (1957)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | October 1957 (UK)
A man recalls his relationships with the women he loved as he tries to help another man try to understand them as well.


Muriel Box


Muriel Box (screenplay), Sydney Box (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Harvey ... Sir Humphrey Tavistock
Julie Harris ... Helen Cooper
Diane Cilento ... Ambrosine Viney
Mai Zetterling ... Julie
Eva Gabor ... Louise Tiere
Roland Culver ... Charles Tavistock
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Sir George Tavistock
Marius Goring ... Otto Kerstein
Michael Denison ... Rollo
Jocelyn Lane ... Saida (as Jackie Lane)
Derek Farr ... Anthony
Elina Labourdette ... Comtesse
Griffith Jones ... Sir Jeremy
Katie Boyle ... Diana (as Catherine Boyle)
Lisa Gastoni ... Mary Maguire


A man recalls his relationships with the women he loved as he tries to help another man try to understand them as well.

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Comedy | Drama


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English | French

Release Date:

October 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Verdade Acerca das Mulheres See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)


Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the movie takes place before and during World War I, the women's thick eyebrows and large, pale-pink lips are in the style of the late Fifties. See more »


Sir Humphrey Tavistock: And I never saw her again from that day to this.
Anthony: Now that's the kind of woman I really admire.
Ambrosine Viney: [on entering the room] I do hope you're taking about me.
Sir Humphrey Tavistock: Oh, Ambrosine, so you're back. You, er, know this young man?
Ambrosine Viney: I've heard a great deal about him in the last five days. How do you do, Lady Tavistock?
Ambrosine Viney: How do you do?
Anthony: [to Sir Humphrey] Did you say "Ambrosine"?
Sir Humphrey Tavistock: That's right. Oh, erm, I eventually caught up with her and finally she allowed me to marry her.
[to Ambrosine]
Sir Humphrey Tavistock: Did Diana come back with you?
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Separating the Wheat from the Chaff!
3 December 2018 | by spookyrat1See all my reviews

Strangely for an anthology film co-written and directed by a woman (Muriel Box), the onscreen time is dominated by males, rather than females. I suppose the fact that the film was made in the 50's may have something to do with it. But anyone expecting some clever, perceptive comedy such as Nancy Meyer's What Women Want will be sorely disappointed.

What we get is a parade of different women across 6 short stories of varying length, detailing their various relationships with Lawrence Harvey playing British Foreign Office diplomat/official Humphrey Tavistock who weirdly spends much of his time complaining to various women or just about any character nearby, how little he gets paid.

Most of the stories are unfunny, undramatic rubbish. A case in point, the story set in Turkey involving harems for goodness sake.

Things are a little better, with the story involving Helen, the girl Tavistock first marries after meeting her in an elevator. This is the episode that actually feels closest to real life. Julie Harris is appealing in a genuine girl next door, rather than movie star type role. But just as the film begins to develop an emotional core through her likeable character, she dies offscreen in child birth and Tavistock moves on to the next chapter of his life.

Here we find out Sir Humphrey (as a knight of the realm, he can't have been that bloody poor) has married Ambrosine Viney, an independent woman ahead of her time, who he met and from whom he was clearly intimidated by, in the first story. This was the most interesting of the selection, as Diane Cilento, playing an early 20th century free-thinking feminist, has a number of speeches with which, I feel many contemporary women wouldn't disagree.

It's just regretful that these stated beliefs of equality of gender/status and opportunities for women weren't central to the whole film, rather than just placed as bookends to a rather uninteresting, dull compendium of other stories.

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