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The Honey Pot (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 21 May 1967 (USA)
In Venice, a millionaire hires an actor to help him prank three greedy ex-girlfriends into thinking he's dying and leaving his fortune to one of them.

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Frederick Knott (play), Thomas Sterling (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rex Harrison ... Cecil Fox
Susan Hayward ... Mrs. Sheridan
Cliff Robertson ... William McFly
Capucine ... Princess Dominique
Edie Adams ... Merle McGill
Maggie Smith ... Sarah Watkins
Adolfo Celi ... Inspector Rizzi
Herschel Bernardi ... Oscar Ludwig (scenes deleted)
Massimo Serato ... The Pretender (scenes deleted)
Hugh Manning Hugh Manning ... Volpone
David Dodimead David Dodimead ... Mosca
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Corevi Antonio Corevi ... Tailor (scenes deleted)
Cy Grant Cy Grant ... Revenue Agent (scenes deleted)
Frank Latimore ... Revenue Agent (scenes deleted)
Carlos Alberto Valles Carlos Alberto Valles ... Assistant Tailor (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Inspired by a performance of his favorite play, "Volpone," twentieth century millionaire Cecil Fox (Sir Rex Harrison) devises an intricate plan to trick three of his former mistresses into believing he is dying. Although the women are wealthy in their own right, all have good reason to covet his fortune. To assist him in his scheme, Fox hires William McFly (Cliff Robertson), a gigolo and sometime actor, to act as his secretary/servant. Fox is soon visited at his "deathbed" by the three former mistresses: Merle McGill (Edie Adams), a fading Hollywood sex symbol; Princess Dominique (Capucine), who once took a cruise on Fox's yacht; and Mrs. Lone Star Crockett Sheridan (Susan Hayward), a Texas hypochondriac who travels with an enigmatic nurse/companion (Dame Maggie Smith). As Fox and McFly act out the charade, things take an unexpected turn from comical farce to full-blown murder mystery. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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You are cordially invited to enjoy a perfectly elegant case of murder!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joseph L. Mankiewicz' The Honey Pot See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,159
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anne Bancroft was originally cast as Merle McGill, but she turned it down for a stage role. See more »

Quotes

William McFly: What will you drink, ladies?
Mrs. Sheridan: Root beer.
William McFly: Well, I'm afraid we haven't any...
Mrs. Sheridan: [Cutting him off] Of course not! Billions of dollars exporting the American way of life, and most of the world still never heard of root beer!
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A big budget that yielded a solid picture....
8 June 2009 | by peregrinusnoctisSee all my reviews

One wonders if the reviewer immediately preceding me saw the same film as did the rest of us. One look at previous reviews, however, and one gets the distinct impression that the reviewer either hasn't the ability to appreciate anything outside its time, or hasn't the intellect to understand that nonconformity and iconoclasm don't always signal independence and brilliance, but rather often signal conformity to boorish, would-be iconoclastic opinions, and dullness. (Just peruse a few of the reviews, and then tell me that I'm wrongly slinging hash.) This film is as witty and urbane as anything that issued from Hollywood during its era. (Note my lone qualification.) Harrison is nearly used to maximum effect, here. Robertson's never been a favourite, but he's good, here. The ladies' performances are all well done. It's also nice to see something from an era when big budgets yielded really solid pictures (if not always results).


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