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The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968)

Harriet Blossom, the lonely wife of a workaholic brassiere manufacturer, breaks her sewing machine and ends up in bed with the repairman, a mechanic from one of her husband's factories. The... See full summary »

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Joseph McGrath

Writers:

Josef Shaftel (short story), Alec Coppel (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Harriet Blossom
Richard Attenborough ... Robert Blossom
James Booth ... Ambrose Tuttle
Freddie Jones ... Det. Sgt. Dylan
William Rushton William Rushton ... Dylan's assistant
Bob Monkhouse ... Dr. Taylor
Patricia Routledge ... Miss Reece
John Bluthal ... Judge
Harry Towb ... Doctor
Sandra Caron Sandra Caron ... Pet shop assistant
Sheila Steafel ... Pet shop saleslady (as Sheila Staefel)
Frank Thornton ... Factory manager
Barry Humphries ... Art dealer
John Cleese ... Post Office Clerk
Bruce Lacey Bruce Lacey ... Musketeer
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Storyline

Harriet Blossom, the lonely wife of a workaholic brassiere manufacturer, breaks her sewing machine and ends up in bed with the repairman, a mechanic from one of her husband's factories. The man, Ambrose, is supposed to leave during the night, but Harriet finds him the next day still hiding in the attic. Harriet lets her new lover stay in the attic for years, managing to keep it all secret from her husband and from the detectives investigating the sudden disappearance of a certain Mr. Ambrose Tuttle. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un marido de repuesto See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

This movie is loosely based on a real incident. In the late 1910s and early 1920s, Dolly Oesterreich kept her lover, Otto Sanhuber in the attic where he lived for many years. Her husband Fred ran a company that made aprons. Otto even moved with the couple from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Los Angeles, California to stay above his lover. Unfortunately, the real story doesn't have the happy ending of the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Robert is conducting the Brass Band, a picture of a Mexican (Mr. Tuttle dressed-up) and a dog (Dinky) is visible. These two characters don't appear until later in the picture and Robert only sees the picture for the 'first time' at Mrs.Blossom's picture exhibition after that. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Youth Wave (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way That I Live
Lyrics by Norman Newell
Music by Riz Ortolani
Performed by Jack Jones
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Gloriously Groovy
5 November 2008 | by withnail-4See all my reviews

This movie is about color, rhythm, blossoms, visual wit, vibrant states of mind love, and being in love all over the place. And wonderfulness. No one since Charles Laughton has made faces as amazingly as the great Freddie Jones does here as the inspector. The level of film-making is the absolute top. In its own very different way, it is as well scored, composed, and photographed as a David Lean film, or something archly impressive like that. Quintessence of film art, really. But this movie couldn't be more unlike those movies. A visual equivalent of a great 60s pop music love song. The Beatles movies are less like Beatles songs than this tripped out valentine. An Overwhelmingly warm charming and dreamy psychedelic love trip. This movie hugs you and takes you to a place called nice.

Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth (2001) and a great score by Riz Ortolani, and New Vaudeville Band (those guys who did "Winchester Cathedral") were used perfectly in the soundtrack.

Patricia "Hyacinth" Routledge and John Cleese add to the fun.


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