The Honey Pot

Overview

Cecil Fox Rex Harrison summons his three former mistresses to his deathbed for a final visit in this engaging crime comedy. Princess Dominique Capucine, fading movie star Merle McGill Edie Adams, and Texas millionairess Mrs. Sheridan Susan Hayward all travel to pay their respects to the supposedly dying Fox. William McFly Cliff Robertson is the personal secretary and gigolo employed by Fox to lure the women to his estate. When Mrs. Sheridan is found murdered, Inspector Rizzi Adolfo Celi investigates her ...
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Overview

Cecil Fox Rex Harrison summons his three former mistresses to his deathbed for a final visit in this engaging crime comedy. Princess Dominique Capucine, fading movie star Merle McGill Edie Adams, and Texas millionairess Mrs. Sheridan Susan Hayward all travel to pay their respects to the supposedly dying Fox. William McFly Cliff Robertson is the personal secretary and gigolo employed by Fox to lure the women to his estate. When Mrs. Sheridan is found murdered, Inspector Rizzi Adolfo Celi investigates her mysterious death in this feature highlighted by several twists and turns. Alternate titles are Mr. Fox Of Venice and Anyone For Venice?.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Based upon a play that was based upon a book that was based upon Ben Jonson's classic play Volpone, The Honey Pot was writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's follow-up to the ill-fated Cleopatra. Although considerably shorter than that 1963 marathon, The Honey Pot suffers from being at least a half hour too long, and Mankiewicz too often allows the film to slip into neutral when it needs to be moving forward. All of this makes the film seem somewhat labored rather than the smooth and frothy farce that it needs to be. That said, the screenplay is well plotted (if occasionally confusing), and although the dialogue lacks the snap and flare associated with classic Mankiewicz, it still has a fair share of good one-liners, and when one of his zingers hits its mark, it really scores. Rex Harrison is in fine, smooth form; he is slyly, devilishly charming, and his unique way with sophisticated comedy is showcased to excellent effect. Maggie Smith gives a lovely, understated performance that contrasts beautifully with Harrison's, and Edie Adams is a great deal of fun as the supposedly devil-may-care film star. Of the others, Capucine is a little bland and Susan Hayward a little much. Visually, the film is gorgeous, with a mansion that must be seen to be believed and exceptional Gianni Di Venanzo cinematography that beautifully captures the look and feel of Venice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2011
  • UPC: 883904219385
  • Original Release: 1967
  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:11:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 51,704

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rex Harrison Cecil Fox
Susan Hayward Mrs. Lone-Star Crockett Sheridan
Cliff Robertson William McFly
Capucine Princess Dominique
Edie Adams Merle McGill
Maggie Smith Sarah Watkins
Adolfo Celi Inspector Rizzi
Herschel Bernardi Oscar Ludwig
Hugh Manning Volpone
David Dodimead Mosca
Antonio Corevi Tailor
Cy Grant
Frank Latimore Revenue Agent
Mimmo Poli Cook
Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director, Producer, Screenwriter
John Addison Score Composer
Gus Agosti Asst. Director
David Bretherton Editor
John F. de Cuir Jr. Art Director
John De Cuir Production Designer
Charles K. Feldman Producer
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Amato Garbini Makeup
Rolf Gerard Costumes/Costume Designer
Boris Juraga Art Director
Len Shilton Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Theodore Choreography
Gianni Di Venanzo Cinematographer
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