The Millionairess (1960)
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as Epifania Parerga
as Dr. Ahmed el Kabir/Parerga
as Julius Sagamore
as Dr. Adrian Bland
as Fish Curer
as Prof. Merton
as Polly Smith
as Muriel Pilkington
as Whelk Man
as 1st Secretary
as Tommy True
as 2nd Secretary
as Mrs. Wetherby
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Loren and Sellers try hard but can't make a mountain out of a mole hill. Loren looks lovely, though.
eh. The "George Bernard Shaw, Sophia Loren AND Peter Sellers Factor" probably raised my expectations higher than this film was ever able to achieve.
Sad to say, this is a disappointingly mediocre film. A 1960 romantic comedy starring Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren sounds like a surefire treat, but the two have little chemistry as actors and even less as the two characters they portray. Loren is a chic heiress, and Sellers is an altruistic Indian doctor. She becomes determined to win his love for reasons which must have been in the script's first draft, because they're certainly missing from the final product. The eventual plot gimmick is that the two give each other a test to prove their worthiness in marriage: He has to turn $500 into $15,000 within three months, and she has to live on a mere 500 rupees within the same period. However, the story takes far too long to arrive at this point, and once it does, the challenges are dispensed with far too easily. Really, the best reason to see this film is to ogle Loren's astonishing beauty -- and, yes, she has a couple of tame lingerie scenes. No doubt, "The Millionairess" is an obscenity compared to George Bernard Shaw play on which it is loosely based.
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