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The Grass Is Greener (1960)




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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cary Grant
as Victor Rhyall, Earl
Deborah Kerr
as Lady Hilary Rhyall
Robert Mitchum
as Charles Delacro
Jean Simmons
as Hattie Durant
Moray Watson
as Trevor Sellers

Critic Reviews for The Grass Is Greener

All Critics (8)

The lines and situations are of such majestic ineptitude as to reduce even Cary Grant to mediocrity.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Fun Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr comedy romp with Stanley Donen touch.

March 14, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

Robert Mitchum will surprise you

April 20, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

Airless, but well acted comedy

August 26, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Grass Is Greener


This movie is pretty good, it's funny and stars three really good actors. The story is a bit predictable, and it's sort of boring in some scenes, but I kind of liked it anyway. I liked the ending.

Aj V
Aj V

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an old school english drawing room comedy of manners wherein modern millionaire yank bobby mitchum handily poaches titled yet impoverished englishman cary grant's filly, seven year itchy deborah kerr. is it gunfight at the ok corral then? or perhaps a duel at dawn? oh no. director stanley donen paces us thru the worst of personal relationship wars with rapier wit and comedic banter that dares one to keep up with all the verbal grenades tossed about. throw in atomic jean simmons as a tipsy though possibly explosive tour guide and you've got a different kind of filmic entertainment, entertainment that thinks as fast as you. maybe faster.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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"the grass is greener" is one excellent work from classic comedy director stanley donen who could elaborate those bedroom drama which mainly be epathetic with estrogen to a divine sophistification, even a mundane subject of un-marital affair could be polished with civilized suaveness. the main story set is cary grant and deborah kerr are happily married in their old historical british mansion, living by exhibiting fair of their ancient house, until one day american prodigal charm boy robert mitchum steps into their private living room to captivate kerr's matronly affection by exclaiming "your eyes are beautiful as poetry"...then the composed grant sinks into a predicament of his happiness with his competent love rival who is recklessly unpreditable and boyishly charming... usually the corny scenario of cuckolded man would run amok to bombard the wife with the accusation of infidelity and rageous condemnation, but not our resourceful grant with fine spirit of sportsmanship who schemes to connive his wife galloping to her provocatively exciting lover, escpecially the third party is insolently luring as robert mitchum. since he comprehends his objection would even enhance mitchum's rascal attraction to kerr, so he intends to stand his position without movement...then everything is drastically modified after a challenge of pistol duel. you gotta admire the clever wits in the lines of grant, and his mellowed wisdom as the ultimate debonair who conducts himself gracefully, retains his dignity under such a circumstance of potential humiliation. jean simmons plays the talkative friend who flashes herself in the gaudy wardrobe of christian dior, and her vivicious humor is also adequately humorous under such an awkward condition as the outsider of a threesome. "the grass is greener" is definitely very british, and incidentally it parodies the feud between america and britain, symbolizing it with marvellous line like "maybe it's time for america to place a statue of liberty (or libertine!) in britain" as the insinuation of mitchum's bold inference to grant's married life. such sophisticated comedy could be only made with stanley donen and stars like grant, kerr, mitchum and simmons, and nowaday show business can no longer produce such tasteful comedy with such pearly dialogues, impossible to exist under the absurd emphasis of savagely rugged manhood in contemporary action cinema or the radical effimination of male beauty in various recent advertisements.

Veronique Kwak
Veronique Kwak

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