The Millionairess

  • 1960
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

This film adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw play that opened in 1937 in Vienna, features sultry Loren as the richest woman in the world. Her only ambition is to be happily married. She has had an unhappy marriage with Raymond, and her solicitor, Sim, suggests she see a psychiatrist. He sends her to Price who makes advances which Loren encourages, until...read more

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This film adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw play that opened in 1937 in Vienna, features sultry Loren as the richest woman in the world. Her only ambition is to be happily married. She has had an unhappy marriage with Raymond, and her solicitor, Sim, suggests she see a psychiatrist. He

sends her to Price who makes advances which Loren encourages, until Price passes some critical remarks about her father, something Loren cannot abide. Later, the heiress meets a shy Indian doctor, Sellers, a physician who is utterly devoted to his clinic for the poor. He appears indifferent to her

beauty and wealth and Loren decides he's the man for her. She asks that he give her a physical examination, and he agrees, only to have her strip to her undergarments and make forceful advances toward him. Sellers is stunned and says she is obviously in excellent health and doesn't need a

physical. Loren then plans to lure Sellers with her wealth, commissioning an enormous clinic to be built for Sellers to run. He counters by challenging her to attempt to live for three months without her wealth. She agrees, but on the proviso that he triple his clinic's earnings in that time. He

accepts her proposal, but has no intention of doing such a thing. Loren succeeds in supporting herself for three months, but Sellers loses money instead of making it. He happily admits his failure, telling Loren he is obviously not the man for her. Loren is crushed and announces that she will

enter a Tibetan convent. Convinced she means it, Sellers then relents and the two are united.

Asquith's direction is brisk and sure and Sellers is a funny marvel to behold as he twists and turns in his little schemes to evade the pursuing Loren. As the love-seeking heiress, Loren displays her impressive figure and gives an unusually good performance. Also worthy of note are Purcell, who

essays the role of an inebriated physician, and Sim, as the sly, corrupt solicitor. De Sica, long a personal director for Loren, appears briefly in an amusing role as a spaghetti-maker. Scriptwriter Mankowitz and adapter Aragno played fast and loose with Shaw's original play, changing the

idealistic doctor to an Indian physician, obviously to allow for Sellers' pet Indian imitation, and much of Shaw's verbiage was discarded.

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