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  • Actors: Yul Brynner, George Coulouris, Noel Coward, Bill Nagy, Mitzi Gaynor
  • Directors: Stanley Donen
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SPHE
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CZRDWW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,670 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Legendary director Stanley Donen (Singin' In The Rain) serves up this delightful soufflé, starring
Yul Brynner (The Ten Commandments) in a rare comedy role as big-time gambler Nico March, who's been deported to the Greek island where he was born. He runs into dethroned King Pavel II (Noel Coward, Blithe Spirit) who offers to sell his bejeweled crown for $1,000,000. Nico asks his former associates to send him the cash, but instead they send his ex-girl friend (Mitzi Gaynor, South Pacific). And now Nico finds himself on the run with an unwanted dame in tow! Hilariously scripted by Harry Kurnitz (A Shot in the Dark) from a novel by none other than beloved humorist Art Buchwald, this is colorful, sophisticated comedy at its very best! Newly remastered.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. J. McPherson on March 7, 2013
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This one is in black and white, which somehow was a surprise - but it gave it a certain charm. Yul Brynner was fun as a fast-talking crook who has been deported to a small Greek island but still dreams of bigger things. He even stayed in character when required to act as though he had no idea what he was hearing when Noel Coward said "good-by" in a couple of different languages! Mitzi Gaynor was delightful as the not-so-dumb blonde. Noel Coward is the sophisticate in this one, and does it ever so well. I'll watch it again, it's just plain fun!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jonathan on October 8, 2011
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Fun to see Yul rynner in comedy movie . It's a complete change and shows how versatile Yul was. Mitzi is another Marilyn and Noel Coward, in a rare appearance is very sophisticated similar to his own plays. Its a very very Surprise Package.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on August 10, 2013
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It's cute watching Yul Brynner in this movie, he is usually stereotyped as a macho guy, but in this one he is always down on his luck, stuck with a silly girlfriend and not to mention penniless. It's one of those feel good movies.
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By dimsengah on August 3, 2014
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When a friend of Noel Coward complimented him on his performance and 'stealing the picture' he replied: 'My dear, it was petty larceny.' And so it proves.

As much as I admire the Master and I bought this film to see him in particular, I find the best and most appropriate performance comes from Mitzi Gaynor as the showgirl friend of exiled gangster Yul Brynner. Poor Yul, overacting to the max to inject some humour into his cartoonish character. Even the Master has to to use all his professional experience to inject life, variety and even sense into some of the most lugubrious and long-winded dialog ever to be foisted on professional actors. Which he does. Screenplay author Harry Kurnitz was a noted Hollywood wit, but he apparently left his wit at a Hollywood cocktail party as there is virtually none of it here. And.. this was filmed partially on the island of Rhodes and it's in B & W. And to top that, the director was Stanley Donen of "Singin' in the Rain", "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "Charade".
Oh dear.

So what are the good things,
Christopher Challis did the cinematography.
Coward performs his only recorded Sammy Cahn, James van Heusen work in a jazz combo setting of the title song, that features Mitzi dancing.
The supporting character actors.
Seeing two diverse acting personalities such as Yul Brynner and Noel Coward (in an extended role) together in a movie.
And last but certainly not least, Mitzi Gaynor injecting some 'reality' into the goings-on.

The word Misfire comes to mind, but if you are a fan of the people involved, it's watchable.
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By Phyllis Frisbey on January 21, 2013
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This was purchased as a gift for friend of mine who is Mitzi Gaynor fan. He loves it and was appreciative.
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