Wednesday, December 23, 2020

On This Day...The Grass is Greener (1960)

 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. 

But Charles Delacro (Robert Mitchum), a millionaire oil tycoon, visits and takes a liking to more than the house. Soon, Hattie Durant (Jean Simmons) gets involved and they have a good old fashioned love triangle.

With Deborah Kerr.

"It's one of the year's most disappointing films." - James Powers, Hollywood Reporter.

With Jean Simmons, Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum.

"...In spite of all its glitter and glamorous cast, this film is awfully static and talky..."
 - Philip T. Hartung, The Commonweal.

Did You Know?

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.

With Jean Simmons.

 Cary Grant ... Victor Rhyall, Earl
 Deborah Kerr ... Lady Hilary Rhyall
 Robert Mitchum ... Charles Delacro
 Jean Simmons ... Hattie Durant
 Moray Watson ... Trevor Sellers, the Butler

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Directed by Stanley Donen
Distributed by Universal- International.
Running time: 104 minutes.

"Do Not Disturb!"  "Disturb Me!" "Disturb Me Please!" "Disturb!"

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