A funny, sexy romp that was daring for its day but could later be seen on late-night TV with nary a snip in the action. Sellers is the libidinous star of a television cooking show, a combination of Casanova and "The Galloping Gourmet." Not a set of wiggling hips escapes his leer. When he spots a young bride changing out of her wedding dress and into her...read more
A funny, sexy romp that was daring for its day but could later be seen on late-night TV with nary a snip in the action. Sellers is the libidinous star of a television cooking show, a combination of Casanova and "The Galloping Gourmet." Not a set of wiggling hips escapes his leer. When he
spots a young bride changing out of her wedding dress and into her street clothes, he uses his charm to get to her before the groom does. Hawn is a young American who has just battled with her British lover, Henson, because he has an roving eye rivaled only by Sellers'. Hawn and Henson have an
open relationship, but she can't handle the fact that he runs around behind her back. Sellers invites Hawn to his sumptuous flat, an apartment devoted solely to seduction, not unlike the residences in UNDER THE YUM YUM TREE (1963) or LOVER COME BACK (1961). Sellers turns on his Don Juan ways and
attempts to seduce her in an almost Victorian fashion, with flourishes and grandiose verbal statements. Hawn laughs in his face and bluntly suggests that he and she sleep with each other. Sellers is taken aback by her up-front effrontery but falls madly in love with her fresh ways. The following
day, Hawn moves in; then it's off to France for a tour of the Riviera, followed by a wine-tasting journey through the chauteaus. Back in London, Sellers asks for Hawn's hand in marriage but she declines, saying that she's spoken to Henson; he's promised to cease cheating and he needs her. Sellers
is crushed by her decision. Despondency doesn't last long, though, as he brightens up when an interesting secretary finds him attractive. His doorman, Comer, watches the parade of birds flocking to Sellers' roost and takes out his jealousy on his shrewish wife, Dors. Sellers ultimately realizes
that he's not getting any younger, but that he feels good when he's with young women. Sellers underplays well, doing his best work since I LOVE YOU, ALICE B. TOKLAS (1968). The film is based on the play by Frisby which was a hit in London before coming to the US for a year with Barbara Ferris as
the girl and Gig Young as the lecher. Hawn had just won a Supporting Actress Oscar for CACTUS FLOWER, and this was a pretty good follow-up, although it didn't make much of a dent at the box office.
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