The Grass Is Greener

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Overview

A rousing chorus of Noël Coward's "Stately Homes of England" is heard as the opening titles of The Grass Is Greener fade into several stock shots of those stately homes. One of these mansions is owned by British earl Victor Rhyall Cary Grant, who opens his home to American tourists in order to make ends meet. One such tourist is wealthy Texan Charles Delacro Robert Mitchum, who sets his sights upon Victor's lovely wife, Hilary Deborah Kerr. In his efforts to win back his wife, Victor presses his former girlfriend...
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Overview

A rousing chorus of Noël Coward's "Stately Homes of England" is heard as the opening titles of The Grass Is Greener fade into several stock shots of those stately homes. One of these mansions is owned by British earl Victor Rhyall Cary Grant, who opens his home to American tourists in order to make ends meet. One such tourist is wealthy Texan Charles Delacro Robert Mitchum, who sets his sights upon Victor's lovely wife, Hilary Deborah Kerr. In his efforts to win back his wife, Victor presses his former girlfriend Hattie Durant Jean Simmons into service. The Grass Is Greener was adapted by Hugh and Margaret Williams from their own stage play.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Grass Is Greener is a winning, sophisticated little comedy that, while no classic, is quite easy to enjoy -- especially after one gets past the opening credits, a too-cutesy lapse of taste from director Stanley Donen that features a group of diaper-clad (and occasionally naked) babies cavorting on the green, and that makes one fear that Grass will be a cloying little domestic comedy. Fortunately, Donen sets things right immediately afterward, and delivers a stylish, elegant comedy that looks at marriage and infidelity in a manner that is both amusing and adult. Grass is serious about its characters and their predicament, but Donen expertly blends the serious and the comic to very good effect. Of course, he's helped enormously by a top-notch quartet of stars. That Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr can carry off this material with wit and charm is certainly no surprise. What's a bit surprising is how easily Robert Mitchum fits into the proceedings, and how alarmingly funny Jean Simmons is in a role that calls on her to be a bit of an exuberant minx. The Grass Is Greener goes on a tad too long, and some viewers will find a few stretches talky, but on the whole, it's a tasty little treat for adult palates.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/28/2013
  • UPC: 887090065009
  • Original Release: 1961
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Color / Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 2,483

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Victor Rhyall
Deborah Kerr Hilary Rhyall
Robert Mitchum Charles Delacro
Jean Simmons Hattie Durant
Moray Watson Trevor Sellers
Technical Credits
Stanley Donen Director, Producer
Eric Allwright Makeup
Hardy Amies Costumes/Costume Designer
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Jim Clark Editor
Noël Coward Score Composer
John Cox Sound/Sound Designer
Austin Dempster Camera Operator
Christian Dior Costumes/Costume Designer
Vernon Dixon Set Decoration/Design
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
John W. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
John O'Gorman Makeup
Paul Sheriff Art Director
Roy Stevens Asst. Director
James Ware Associate Producer
Hugh Williams Screenwriter
Margaret Williams Screenwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Favorite In My Library Of DVDs

    A feel good movie with witty comedy and great performances. It showcases Cary Grants gift of comedy and timing with several memorable lines. The plot is light and has some interesting twists.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grand Comedy in the Brit tradition

    With Noel Coward's lilting music, the film gets off to a good start with a delightfully unusual credits sequence. Though Coward only wrote the background score, the script itself is also the traditional Coward drawing-room comedy style. Grant is his usual suave self, but the movie belongs to the women...both Deborah Kerr and Jean Simmons step away from types they usually play, and they are charming. Only Robert Mitchum seems out of his element standing about in a tuxedo, trading barbs with the Brits.

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