On this date in 1960, The Grass is Greener, Cary Grant's 68th full length film, was released.
Victor (Cary Grant) and Hillary (Deborah Kerr) are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle.
It was originally intended by director Stanley Donen that Cary Grant would play the part of "Delacro", the American tourist, whilst Rex Harrison and his real-life wife Kay Kendall were respectively cast as "Victor Rhyall" and "Hattie". But Kendall died soon after completing an earlier Stanley Donen film, "Once More With Feeling", and Rex Harrison dropped out of the film because of this. Cary Grant agreed to play Victor instead of Delacro, and both Rock Hudson and Charlton Heston were approached about playing the American character. Both refused, and Robert Mitchum was cast quite late in the proceedings, making no fuss at all about taking third-billing. Cary Grant often claimed this had "saved the film" and praised his performance highly.
Cary Grant's third collaboration with Deborah Kerr. They had previously worked together on Dream Wife (1953) and An Affair to Remember (1957).
The second and final film produced by Grandon Productions, a company started and owned by star Cary Grant and director Stanley Donen.
Cary Grant ... Victor Rhyall, Earl
Deborah Kerr ... Lady Hilary Rhyall
Robert Mitchum ... Charles Delacro
Jean Simmons ... Hattie Durant
Moray Watson ... Trevor Sellers, the Butler