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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.

Writers:

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

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

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Comedy | Crime

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(At around one hour and eighteen minutes) Sarah Watkins (Dame Maggie Smith) walks by a giant cast head in the garden of Cecil Fox (Sir Rex Harrison). Fourteen years later, Smith was the talking, giant, cast head which falls from the statue of the Goddess Thetis, mother of Calibos, in Clash of the Titans (1981). See more »

Quotes

Inspector Rizzi: Miss McGill, I understand the necessity of you to arrive in Venice incognito.
Merle McGill: I wouldn't go anywheres
[sic]
Merle McGill: uninvited.
Inspector Rizzi: I must have used the wrong word. My English is uh... .
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Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

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Sleuth's brilliant draft
21 May 2019 | by louisemomalSee all my reviews

"The Honey Pot" appears like a draft of "Sleuth", Mankiewicz's next and last film. Cruel manipulation and lies are its main themes. Like "Sleuth", "The Honey Pot" is all about a confrontation between a rich aging man and a younger one who has to fight for his place in the sun. Mankiewicz's is as brilliant as ever with a fantastic witty script and the cast is very good. Rex Harrison delivers one of his finest performances as the crooked but exquisit Cecil Fox. Maggie Smith, who is very young here, is also outstanding as the not so innocent nurse. Their two scenes together (especially the one in which she kisses him goodnight) are the best parts of the movie.


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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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(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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