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Love Is a Ball (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 14 May 1963 (West Germany)
On the French Riviera, a professional matchmaker assisted by an American adventurer arranges for convenience marriages between titled impoverished aristocratic men and rich low-bred women.

Director:

David Swift

Writers:

Lindsay Hardy (book), David Swift (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... John Lathrop Davis
Hope Lange ... Millicent 'Millie' Mehaffey
Charles Boyer ... M. Etienne Pimm
Ricardo Montalban ... Duke Gaspard Ducluzeau
Telly Savalas ... Dr. Christian Gump (Millie's uncle)
Ruth McDevitt ... Mathilda
Ulla Jacobsson ... Janine
Georgette Anys Georgette Anys ... Mme. Gallou
Robert Bettoni Robert Bettoni ... Milkman
Mony Dalmès Mony Dalmès ... Mme. Fernier
Laurence Hardy Laurence Hardy ... Priory
Jean Le Maitre Jean Le Maitre ... Carlo
André Luguet ... Maurice Zoltan
Jean Parédès Jean Parédès ... Freddie
Redmond Phillips ... Starcy
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Storyline

Etienne makes a good living out of marrying off poor but titled young men to rich but untitled young ladies. Millicent is now in his sights on the Riviera, and Grand Duke Gaspar is the bait. But what if Millicent starts to fancy planted chauffeur John instead, and Gaspar takes a shine to Etienne's secretary Janine? Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The hilariously mad story of all the best things in life that are not free... and the one thing that definitely is!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

14 May 1963 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grand Duke and Mr. Pimm See more »

Filming Locations:

Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a novel by Lindsay Hardy called "The Grand Duke and Mr. Pimm" See more »

Goofs

When Millie and Davis first go to the lookout where winning drivers are commemorated, Mille reads out some of the drivers' names. One of these is 'Brabham", but she mispronounces the name with a long 'a' as 'Braybham' rather than with a short 'a' as in 'cat'. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Millie's Theme
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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A delightful light comedy that improves with repeat viewing.
13 September 1999 | by KT-31See all my reviews

This piece of light comedy is very under-rated by many of those that I have spoken to about it, and invariably improves upon second viewing.

The timing of Mr.Boyer's deliveries are impeccable. Those who are familiar with Telly Savalas in his tough-guy roles will be astonished at his performance here. Hope Lange gives one of her warmest performances in this movie; although playing a spoiled rich girl, she never loses our affection and sympathy.

The supporting cast members play their parts wonderfully, each one adding just the right flavouring to the mix.

Ricardo Montalban does so well (Maybe just a little too simple for a European noble fallen on hard times - but I think that is acceptable in this part, where they want humour, someone believably attractive without being a challenge to Ford), that we never for a moment want him to win the female lead, yet we are pleased that he does find a good match. His closing scenes restore our respect for him.

Glenn Ford is charming in a low-key fashion. Charming yet rugged, with principles. A good, strong partner for Miss Lange's character.

The closing scene between Lange & Ford never fails to leave me smiling.


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