The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom

Overview

The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom stars Shirley MacLaine as Harriet Blossom, the wife of a moderately successful British brassiere manufacturer Robert Blossom Richard Attenborough. When Harriet's sewing machine breaks down, her husband decides to save a few quid by sending one of his own employees to fix it. That employee is Ambrose Tuttle James Booth, to whom Harriet takes such a fancy that she hides him in her attic, there to make love to her whenever she is so inclined. Her husband's "delusion" that he hears noises in...
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Overview

The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom stars Shirley MacLaine as Harriet Blossom, the wife of a moderately successful British brassiere manufacturer Robert Blossom Richard Attenborough. When Harriet's sewing machine breaks down, her husband decides to save a few quid by sending one of his own employees to fix it. That employee is Ambrose Tuttle James Booth, to whom Harriet takes such a fancy that she hides him in her attic, there to make love to her whenever she is so inclined. Her husband's "delusion" that he hears noises in his attic leads to a nervous breakdown, but the hidden Mr. Tuttle comes to the rescue by passing along stock tips which turn Mr. Blossom into a millionaire. When he finally does learn the truth, Mr. Blossom generously allows his wife and her lover to remain together -- and even presents Tuttle with his bra factory as a gift!
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it's quite "mod" in that special 1960s way, The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom is at heart a quirky and rather sweet comedy, albeit about a woman involved in a very unusual romantic triangle. There are many who won't be able to get past the particulars of Blossom's triangle, as well as some that will wish that the humor was on a slightly higher level. But most viewers will find it a charming and quite engaging way to while away a couple of hours. Certainly, fans of 1960s fashions will have a field day, for Blossom has some of the most "contemporary" clothes one could ever wish to find, and they are a total treat. The art direction is similarly very much of its period, so as a visual time capsule of 1968 Britain, Blossom is invaluable. Blossom also benefits from its wonderful trio of lead actors. Shirley Maclaine is in very fine form here, avoiding many of the mannerisms that marred much of her other work in this period, and utilizing her considerable skill as both actress and comedienne to very good advantage. Richard Attenborough is perhaps even better, a lovably stuffy husband who makes his nervous breakdown a joy to watch. And James Booth is just right as the lover in the attic that gets everything moving. Blossom's not a classic comedy, and it sometimes becomes a bit campy, but it's a film that's rather hard to resist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/28/1992
  • UPC: 097360681031
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley MacLaine Harriet Blossom
Richard Attenborough Robert Blossom
James Booth Ambrose Tuttle
Freddie Jones Detective Sgt. Dylan
William Rushton Dylan's Assistant
Bob Monkhouse Dr. Taylor
Patricia Routledge Miss Reece
John Bluthal Judge
Barry Humphries Art Dealer
John Cleese
Sandra Caron
Julian Chagrin
Clive Dunn
Michael Segal Robert's counsel
Geraldine Sherman
Sheila Steafel
Marianne Stone
Frank Thornton
Harry Towb Doctor
Technical Credits
Joseph McGrath Director
Bill Alexander Art Director
Alec Coppel Screenwriter
Trevor Crole-Rees Makeup
Assheton Gorton Production Designer
George Lack Art Director
Norman Newell Score Composer
Denis Norden Screenwriter
Riz Ortolani Score Composer
Jocelyn Rickards Costumes/Costume Designer
Josef Shaftel Original Story, Producer
Ralph Sheldon Editor
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2003

    One of my all-time favs

    The dry cover blurb does not due this movie justice. The characters are engaging and you quickly develop an affection for them. The movie is stylistic enough to be an art film but funny enough to be campy. I don't even have a tv/vcr any more but I bought the video in the hope I'd find a way to play it on my computer.

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