Millionaire Cecil Fox (Harrison) feigns terminal illness in an attempt to trick three of his former mistresses and find out which of them really cares for him rather his money. The women soon come to his bedside, but what was intended as a wily scheme soon becomes serious as one of his former lovers attempts to give nature a helping hand... Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All about Eve), this comedy re-working of 'Volpone' stars the great Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady), Susan Hayward (Valley of the Dolls) and Cliff Robertson (Obsession). The... Guardian Interview with Rex Harrison (1971, audio only): the celebrated actor discusses his career The Guardian Interview with Joseph Mankiewicz (1982 audio only): archival interview held at the NFT Original theatrical trailer 2 [show more]
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Comedy crime drama written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Millionaire Cecil Fox (Rex Harrison) feigns terminal illness in an attempt to trick three of his former mistresses. Hoping to find out which of the women really cares for him and not just for his money, Fox hires struggling actor William McFly (Cliff Robertson) to play his servant. The three women soon appear at his bedside, but what was intended to be a joke soon turns into a drama as one of his former lovers attempts to give nature a helping hand by speeding him on his way to the afterlife.